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Anecdote: A fruity lesson

Type: Anecdote

A fruity double-entendre by Brooks Emerson.


I'm a writing teacher at a prep school in Istanbul, Turkey. To illustrate process writing, I brought in three kinds of fruit: apples, oranges and bananas. There were enough for each student to choose one each. After choosing, I asked them to brainstorm together why they chose that particular fruit, slowly leading them to writing a paragraph.

Unfortunately, two of the students - Mustafa and Mehmet - started playing with the fruit instead of completing the task. In my sternest teacher's voice I said,

'Mustafa! Stop playing with Mehmet's banana!'

Needless to say the whole class howled with laughter, I turned beet red and it took me a good ten minutes to get the class back on track.

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