I have so many dorky High School moments, but I was generally accepted by the end of high school as being a dork - but it was okay because I was nice to everyone and not snobbish about it (normally) so I didn't get teased as much Junior and Senior years.. But middle school was for sucks.
In sixth grade, my math/science teacher had a poster on his wall that fascinated me: it was Garfield, he was covered in books strapped to his body and had a smug look on his face. The text said "I'm learning by osmosis". I had NO clue what osmosis meant, so I looked it up and added the word to my vocabulary..
Fast forward to a year later, in seventh grade science class. This kid Brad, who liked to pull my hair, was sound asleep on his science book as the teacher, Mr. Foster, lectures. Mr. Foster was the seventh grade wrestling coach, so he didn't take any of that crap. He was nice for the most part, but he hated when people fell asleep in his class. So he screams over to Brad, "What are you doing, Brad, taking a little nap?" I think he may have made another joke or something, but the class was silent as Brad stumbled into consciousness. And my mouth moved before I could control it (I was sitting near the back - I was very shy in middle school) - I heard myself say, "No, Mr. Foster, he's learning by osmosis."
Mr. Foster laughed so hard, but no one else got it. It was embarassing.. and Brad glared at me and then sulked the rest of class.
I could have won at Scrabble with that word in middle school. ~_^
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