5 thoughts on “Closets

  1. There’s room for confusion, certainly. On the other side of the coin, when I taught briefly in England soon after my college graduation, my junior-high age students tittered when I referred to the small room devoted to storage that one accessed via a door in the classroom as a “closet,” because they’d apparently only heard the word in the phrase “coming out of the closet” (as far as they were concerned, the little room was a cupboard). Of course, they also tittered at my one-syllable pronunciation of “poem,” and on one occasion actually threw spitballs (more out of boredom than outrage, I’m pretty sure), so they weren’t exactly the ideal class, for all their genteel, upper-class origins (one of the queen’s daughters attended the school in question, some years back, and it was a bit snooty; there were also some references, by faculty, to my wearing my long hair loose — apparently quite messy — though it was brushed, and contained in a barrette — and inappropriate; it should have been up).

  2. HA HA HA HA HA!!!

    I just posted on undine’s blog about purging some of my books/papers and made my way from there to here.

    Am now wondering what Eve Sedgwick’s ACTUAL CLOSETS looked like! 😂

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