It all started as a class joke. The word “verbal” is such a funny word, and it reminded us all of a gerbil. I told the students in my CC Essentials class that if I were ever to have a pet, it would be a verbal (because I’m not a pet person, but I sure do enjoy grammar).
On the last day of class, two of the girls came up to me with a gift. A box. With air holes. I got a little nervous. What sort of tutor gift did they get me?! Inside the first box was another box with air holes—a box labeled “verbal.” Yes, this is my kind of pet.
What is a verbal, you might ask? How does one care for a verbal? Luckily, my new pet verbal came with an informative—and downright hilarious—booklet.
This is one gift I’ll treasure forever.