It’s all in the expression

An amusing moment from my experiences in teaching ESL this summer occurred during a rousing class game of charades with phrasal verbs. In response to picking the slip that read “Try out a new hairstyle,” the male student with a head of very short hair murmured under a frown, “This is difficult for my situation.”



This is supposed to be what God says to Job, after Job declares his own righteousness and innocence to God. God rebukes his self-aggrandisement by reminding him of Creation.

What is the way to the abode of light?
And where does darkness reside?
Can you take them to their places?
Do you know the paths to their dwellings?
Surely you know, for you were already born!
You have lived so many years!

That’s so sarcastic!