Layne: Hey Ms. Connor, what does tyrannous mean?
Me: Read me the sentence.
Layne: “Alas that love, so gentle in his view / Should be so tyrannous and rough in proof!”
Me: Well, what does the word “tyrannous” sound like?
Layne: Uh…like it’s…terriffic?
Me: Layne, do you think that “terrific and rough” go together? Does Romeo think that love is “terrific?”
Layne: No. It kind of sounds like a dinosaur.
Me: Yes! Good! And how does Tyrannosaurus Rex translate?
Me: What does it mean?
Layne: It means…dinosaur?
Me: Use the dictionary, Layne.
Layne: No. No. I got this. So, does it mean that love is all rough…like a dinosaur?
Me: Oh, dear God.
Layne: I think it would have been better if I had just used the dictionary.
Me: For both of us.
from my exceedingly funny freshman year roommate Megan
, who is teaching in rural south Georgia this year