The Dictionary of High School B.S. Gives the Low-Down on H.S. Mysteries and Miseries
Looking for a great gift for an eighth-grader? Written by Lois Beckwith, The Dictionary of High School B.S. is a neat little volume that defines all things connected with being a high school student. Some of the definitions are humorous, but most describe things as they are, not as they are meant to be.
From acne to zits, everything that concerns a teenage student is covered.Wondering what’s in the teachers’ lounge? What is detention like? Who--or what--is a substitute teacher? Answers to these and nearly any legitimate query about high school life (including boyfriends, girlfriends, tattoos, and piercings) can be found in The Dictionary of High School B.S.. It is a compendium of “all the funny, lame, and annoying aspects of high school life." Adults may not appreciate its value because--for them--it’s a lot of “been there, done that.” Conversely, students who “are there, doing that” will find it both amusing and reassuring.
All types of high school inhabitants are introduced--principals, players, jerks, jocks, mean girls,suck-ups, tutors, teacher’s pets (what suck-ups really want to be but seldom are)--everyone it seems but the lunch ladies. Not only are these folks introduced, The Dictionary of High School B.S.cites how others view them.
My favorite definition--probably because it’s absolutely (and ironically) true--is of “diploma.” A diploma is “1) a piece of paper one gets upon graduation from high school. 2) something nice to have when it is first received, but will seldom be of use thereafter (colleges will ask to see a transcript, not a diploma). 3) a piece of paper that will take up space in one’s house long after graduating from college, getting a job, and perhaps even starting a family, because no one can ever really throw out a high school diploma.” Has anyone ever thrown out a high school diploma? If someone has, I’ll bet it was someone else’s.
As the publisher tells us, “...this dictionary won’t help you avoid the B.S.--but it might make it a little easier to bear.” It also won’t help very much with homework, but it’s a good read when a student needs to take a break.