Friday, November 18, 2005

The Torchilator

Today a group of students were calling each other names. I listened, and they noticed me listening, and called me over. They wanted to know what Torchilator meant. Some of them were sure the a Tochilator was something like a Terminator, and the others were convinced it was a bad word.

I told them I didn't know what it meant.

"Where did you hear it?" I asked.

It was in some movie they saw on TV. They couldn't remember the name of the movie, but there was a tough guy in it who used the word Torchilator several times. Some of the students thought it was a bad word, and were therefore using it on each other. "Torchilator!" they said, pointing and laughing. "He's a Torchilator! Ha ha ha!"

I asked them to tell me the context in which the word was used, and after some discussion they decided that one of them would demonstrate. He stood up, pointed at me meaningfully, and said in a tough, manly voice,

"Torchilator!"

As he turned to walk away a great big light bulb exploded over my head and I started laughing helplessly. I felt so STUPID.

They'd been pronouncing it PERFECTLY.

8 comments:

Ms Mac said...

I have been repeating the word in my head over and over. After about the 12,000th time, my light bulb came on!

Hehe, funny!

BotanicalGirl said...

I can't figure it out...

Cheryl said...

Is that like being a speectyalator? Or a C-alator?

Wendy said...

ha ha - and as we say back home...catchilator

Kay said...

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I said something about random acts of kindness...smiling at the colleague and dropping notions of hidden agendas as there is too much of that going around--I said it in a pithier and more elegant way the first time....

Wiccachicky said...

I really, really don't get it. Or I'm just really, really too tired to get it. Either could be a viable option at this point.

Badaunt said...

Wiccachicky: In American it's probably more like tahchilator. Cheryl and Wendy give good hints. :-)

Kay: Your comment did show up. Maybe it just decided to have a little rest before it made its appearance?

Wiccachicky said...

Ahhhhhhh!!! Okay. It could be the head cold, but I think I was just clueless. :)