And we were reading this book in class.
She was talking about how if we didn't know what a word meant we could use the context of the passage.
This kid asked, "What does 'venison' mean?"
The old lady said, "Who can tell me what that word means?"
So I raised my hand and said, "It means 'deer meat.'"
But then she asked, "How do you know?"
I got really confused. "I... um... saw that word in another book?"
"Did you use the context of the passage?"
The passage literally was something like "The soup had maize, venison, and all sorts of vegetables in it"
So I said, "No."
AND THEN THE OLD LADY WAS ALL "YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO USE THE CONTEXT OF THE PARAGRAPH YOU CAN'T JUST GUESS WHAT THE WORD MEANS YOU MIGHT NOT EVEN BE CORRECT."
"Well the dictionary said that venison meant 'deer meat'..."
"Well you won't always have a dictionary at hand. That's why you have to learn how to use the context of the story!"
What a perfect example of the American school system, am I right?