My six year old’s teacher has the kids use the “five finger method” for finding a “just right” book to read. Here’s how it works:
- Choose a book that looks interesting.
- Read the first page.
- Hold up a finger for each word you don’t know or are not quite sure about.
- If you have one finger up (or none), the book is too easy. Two to three fingers up means it’s just right. Four, and you should give it a go (or try another page) but it might be a little challenging. Five or more fingers, choose an easier book.
- Finger 1: Stringers - Not the type one uses in buildings, I’m guessing by the context, as these are referred to as girl stringers. Or maybe it’s a girl building? Or a boy building with girl parts?
- Finger 2: Temazepam flogger - Who is Temazepam and why is the poor guy being flogged? Or maybe he's read too much Shade of Grey and wants his turn under the flogger?
- Finger 3: Yellow jellies - Mmm, jelly!
- Finger 4: Standers - Someone who stands? But it's used in a more sinister way, “the standers caught them," so like some sort of standing spider creature that catches people?
- Finger 5: Locum - used in different place as an adjective, a noun, and a verb! So one could have a locum doing locum at a locum locum?
So five fingers up and feeling very under-educated for this book. But Nik assured me it’s worth the read (see his post, "Different Women Dancing"), so I got a good night’s sleep, laid off the red wine, and tried again. And it was, most definitely, worth the read.
- Temazepam is a prescription sleep medication, also used as no-go pills for military pilots.
- Googling flogger gets you mostly BDSM links but…umm…where was I? Oh yeah, informally it’s an aggressive salesperson.
- Yellow jellies brings up both Spongebob sandals and illegal drugs. I'm thinking Gash meant the latter.
- A locum is what we’d call a sub in the States, “a person who temporarily fulfills the duties of another.” So a sub could be subbing as a sub teacher, got it.
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