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Crazy Christmas

PROGRESS UPDATE: Friday 28th December 2012.

EMOTION: Nervous but happy.

WHY: Happy with how much revision I’ve done, but nervous that I’ll look back on this week and consider it insufficient.

CURRENT REVISION COMPLETED: Jekyll & Hyde Activity sheets; Bitesize Chemistry revision; Biology Progress sheet; German Writing transcript; 3 Of Mice & Men mind-maps; and reviewing Of Mice & Men notes.

MOMENTS OF JOY: Watching Outnumbered and seeing the parents squirm in the face of the norovirus; grinning from earlobe to earlobe at Jenna Louise-Coleman’s (the Doctor’s new companion in the Christmas special) wittiness and humour; finally recognsing the tune and lyrics to “Call Me Maybe”; seeing Miranda back in form; laughing at Artemis Fowl; and so much karaoke!

GREATEST MOMENT SO FAR: Boxing Day. Playing charades. My role: Dancer. My clues: Gangnam Style & Macarena! Oppa Gangnam Style! Heeey Macarena!

BIGGEST MOMENT(S) OF ANNOYANCE SO FAR: Karen seldom appearing in the Outnumbered Xmas Special.

BIGGEST SHOCK SO FAR: Seeing (and hearing) Ben from Outnumbered all grown-up!

FINISHING SENTENCE: Craziest cracker of a Christmas.

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Being a Teenager (Part 2)

As a child, you watch pantomimes, and all that’s running through your head is “He’s behind you!” and “I hope we we’re the loudest part of the theatre in the singing contest” and “I can’t wait to boo the villain!” But you don’t pay much attention to the costumes and scripts, (except for the “Oh no you’re not” bits and when they do that annoying “Oh so-and-so! Oh so-and-so! Oh so-and-so!” etc) meaning you hardly ever get how rude and un-childlike they are. Watching the pantomimes on TV over Christmas, I was just SO GLAD how I never got hardly any of the rude jokes as a child. For, as you may know, pantomime writers seemed to LOVE innuendo.

Being a teenager is when innuendo becomes part of your sense of humour. Some choose to fight it. Some choose to pretend that they don’t understand innuendo jokes. Some just go with the flow.

Nowadays you can find innuendo on many TV programmes. TV Burp. Big Bang Theory (“Who has wood for my sheep?”). Miranda (GIMASSIVE EXAMPLE). And when you’re a teenager, that one innuendo-feeding neurone in your brain is at last connected, and it starts to learn how to buzz whenever Sheldon ponders as to why his need for wood is making Howard and Raj giggle. Then your brain faces a dilemma: should it ignored, should it be fed, or should it be blocked?

But the worst thing about innuendo is that it can spread. It can be influenced into other people. I should know, because it has happened to me. Unfortunately.

It’s not just teenagers that laugh at innuendo. It apparently seems that if you let it, the neurone lasts into young adulthood. Some innuendo was found in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, which Steinbeck very probably did not notice. And let’s just say our teacher did not consider our attitude towards the jokes a little alien.

The English language today is filled with euphemisms and innuendo and puns that suddenly become extremely funny once you come of age. As a teenager, I can safely say that the worst part about being a teenager with a sense of humour trying to restrain itself from craving innuendo, is when you say something that is met by laughs…and then you realise the wrong part of what you said (I am NOT giving an example)! But liking innuendo is not too bad. Even if it’s not in good taste, it provides laughs, and that’s what’s important.

But the best thing about innuendo is, to paraphrase an epic blog, life’s a bowl of innuendos! 😀

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