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Anecdote: Crocodile confusion

Type: Anecdote

Renata Radzikowska shares a winning anecdote about the influence of fashion on animal vocabulary.

I am writing to tell you what happened to me in one of my classes.

We were revising animal vocabulary, so I asked each of the students to name an animal, avoiding the animals that had already been said out loud. Suddenly, one of the students said Lacoste (the sportswear label), causing some confusion. I didn't get it at first and when I did, I asked him whether he meant an alligator or a crocodile. He did. He had been learning English for some time and all the while he was convinced that Lacoste was the name of an alligator. The cruel students have called him Lacoste ever since that day.

Renata Radzikowska

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