Here's a sampling of what I got for facts at school:


Sounds a lot like those lists you see from time to time of hilarious answers schoolkids provide on tests (guess why), doesn't it? Or like the drivel the Lucy used to spout to Linus ("It's called a `palm tree', because the average person can wrap their palm around it."). But this came straight from the mouths of "teachers".

* There are lots of counterexamples -- here is what I could come up with in about a minute, back in fifth grade: ugly, lovely, friendly, silly, elderly, wily, curly. The teacher, hearing this list, reversed her earlier statement and declared that all words ending in -ly were adJECTives.

John Rehwinkel