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Lyric Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 06:03 PM
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One of my son's vocabulary words this week is "pawnshop".
He's in 5th grade. He has to write three sentences for each word, including that one, for his homework tonight.

:wtf:
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Angry Dragon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 07:11 PM
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1. In five years where will one find the possessions
of the middle class............??
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Curmudgeoness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 07:57 PM
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2. I never realized that was one word.
Have they run out of real vocabulary words?
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Lyric Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 07:58 PM
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3. I thought the same thing so I looked it up.
Apparently it can be either. But still...pawnshop? For a 10-year-old? Why not stripjoint or crackhouse? Blah.
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Curmudgeoness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 08:01 PM
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4. Those are on next week's list. nt
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Ilsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 09:18 PM
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5. The old compound words for the new middle class:
Edited on Wed Apr-06-11 09:19 PM by Ilsa
Pawnshop: where Grandma's heirloom jewelry ended up.
Stripjoint: where Sissy works to make her college tuition.
Crackhouse: where Johnny was arrested and now has to serve three times the sentence of the banker doing blow.
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kentauros Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 01:09 AM
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8. Send him to this site:
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=pawnshop

Then he can learn the history of the word and wow his teacher and classmates. After reading the definition, it looks like it even has a connection to pirates :D
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Divameow77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:28 PM
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6. My 2nd grader
recently brought home something from school that asked...

Which US President is not featured on US paper currency?

a. George Washington
b. Benjamin Franklin
c. John F Kennedy Jr.
d. Abraham Lincoln

I get what they were going for but Benjamin Franklin?
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sakabatou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 12:33 AM
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7. I dunno
Whoever wrote the question though...
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