At a community gathering, I was sitting with a friend, and seated to the left of me was a school principal. I asked, "Where did you matriculate?" He answered that he did not know that word. I explained that it meant where one attended college or university.
I turned to my friend, and asked, incredulously, "How could a person holding at least a Master's Degree NOT know such a common word?" My friend answered, "What makes you think that a so-called educator is educated?"
Our conversation continued and my friend leaned around me and asked the principal, "Why do you call yourselves educators rather than teachers; when did THAT euphemism start?"
The "educator" got up and moved away. I chided my friend for insulting the principal and she in turn criticized my use of a polysyllabic word and stated that I was "showing off" and demonstrating a passive aggressive method of one-upping the principal. I countered that I was not attacking teachers--or administrators--and that I have a fondness for a number of teachers and instructors. She replied, "And an equal disdain for some others."
I screamed, "OUCH!"
He said, "Your friend was much harsher than I." I answered, "But YOU are my only moral compass!"