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No Need to Get All Paulette God­dard on Me

Teenage girl: Mom, you have to buy me this book!
Mom: No, I don’t, and I shan’t.
Teenage girl: You what?
Mom: I shan’t.
Teenage girl: “Shan’t”?
Mom: Shan’t.
Teenage girl: “Shan’t”?
Mom: Shan’t.
Teenage girl: “Shan’t”?
Mom: Yes. Shan’t.
Teenage girl: That’s a word?
Mom: Yes.
Teenage girl: What’s it mean?
Mom: It’s a con­trac­tion of “shall not”, as in “I shan’t buy you that book.“
Teenage girl: Ugh, fine! Enough shan’t­ing al­ready!

Bor­ders Book­store
Olathe, Kansas

En­schulde­gung, No Habla Es­car­got

Stu­dent #1: I think I want to go to Asia af­ter col­lege.
Stu­dent #2: Why?
Stu­dent #1: Be­cause I re­al­ly want to im­prove my Span­ish, and the best way to do that is to live in the coun­try.
Stu­dent #2: That’s a good idea.

http://overheardatcornell.blogspot.com/2006/10/long-overdue-update-part-3-last.html

Over­heard by: par­a­lyzedindis­be­lief

If You In­sist

Girl ar­gu­ing her bad trans­la­tion is cor­rect: Wait, this sen­tence says, ‘I am… To be… En­tered’!

Grad-lev­el French class
Cal­i­for­nia

Over­heard by: Not Will­ing