A Slap On The Wrist

Note:

I should think you would know better than to use one of these trots. If I were the teacher I would slap you on the wrist.

(unknown signature)

Found in "Selected Poems of Matthew Arnold" published by Macmillan, 1878.

By the way, this is post number 600. Not too bad.


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6 comments:

Jennifer said...

The signature looks like "Another Amen" to me. Wonder what trots means in this context???

Grace said...

"the trots - definition of the trots by the Free Online Dictionary ...

jargon, lingo, patois, argot, vernacular, slang, cant - a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo" ..."

MrCachet said...

Fox?

Tricia said...

I also thought it looked like "Another Amen" - why is the Amen underlined so ferociously? Ah, mysteries!

KK Gestates said...

Maybe it's actually Another Omen? Although in that case, the A and the O would look really similar.

Everett Howe said...

What with the reference to the teacher slapping him on the wrist for using one, I think the intended meaning of "trot" is "a literal translation of a foreign language text for use by students, esp. in a surreptitious way" [New Oxford American Dictionary].

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