Friday, March 02, 2007

The high school that I attended is now a grade school...

They even took the bar out!

I was thinking today about high school.

In all these years I have never had occasion to need to multiply or divide fractions, but oddly enough I still remember how.

I've never had to translate anything from Latin to English, or English to Latin, although I still think Latin is the most important course that I ever took.

I've never had to climb to the top of a rope. I didn't see any point to it then, and I still don't.

6 comments:

Bruce said...

And I've never once been asked to define a dangling participle.

David Amulet said...

A high school becoming a grade school? I wonder if they will lower the rim on the basketball hoops ...

-- david

Jim said...

Bruce -- examples of

"A dangling modifier, on the other hand, is commonly an adverbial construction which, rather than modifying the subject of the sentence, seems to modify an unintentional target due to the position it occupies within the sentence, such as sentence-initial (at the beginning of the sentence). In an example from the 1918 Elements of Style, "Being in a dilapidated condition, I was able to buy the house very cheap", the speaker presumably means, "the house being in a dilapidated condition, I was able to buy it cheap". In this example, the placement of the participle phrase "being in a dilapidated condition", seems to modify "I" rather than "the house"."

"Walking back home yesterday, a tree nearly fell on my head. If strict logic is applied to that sentence, it should mean that the tree was walking back home."

Jim said...

David:

They torn out the bowling alley and bar/cocktail-lounge and put in a new cafeteria when the alleys had been, and then tore out the old cafeteria and built classrooms. No, I don't know why!

What I've wondered about are the lavatories<-- a word I have not used in many years!

sleepyrn said...

Sadly, the high school was turned into an elementary school but the students stayed the same.

moni said...

Yes, my old high school became an elementary school. Every year at reunion time, someone puts up all these old pictures of us through the years and then us old folks go and stare at them. The kids must think it a weird scene.