20 Vocabulary Words That Only Make Sense to Teachers

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Teachers sometimes seem to have their own language. Here’s just a brief list of words you may hear teachers utter from time to time.

1. Copyphobia

The fear that all teachers have that they will be the one to break the copy machine, thus drawing the ire of the rest of the staff.

The fear that all teachers have that they will be the one to break the copy machine, thus drawing the ire of the rest of the staff.

2. Mondoscopy

A procedure all teachers perform Sunday evening to confirm that yes, tomorrow is in fact Monday. The procedure always yields positive results, yet all teachers perform it every week just to be sure.

A procedure all teachers perform Sunday evening to confirm that yes, tomorrow is in fact Monday. The procedure always yields positive results, yet all teachers perform it every week just to be sure.

3. Confercoma

A deep state of unconsciousness teachers slip into during staff meetings, generally brought on by long presentations that could easily have been sent as an email.

A deep state of unconsciousness teachers slip into during staff meetings, generally brought on by long presentations that could easily have been sent as an email.

4. Fridasia

When you spend all day thinking it’s Friday only to discover it’s Wednesday, sending you into a spiral of sadness and depression.

When you spend all day thinking it’s Friday only to discover it’s Wednesday, sending you into a spiral of sadness and depression.

5. Plansgiving

The time of year when teachers are nice enough to share lesson plans with their grade level.

The time of year when teachers are nice enough to share lesson plans with their grade level.

6. Desktastrophe

When no matter how you draw up your seating chart you still end up with kids sitting together that should be separated.

When no matter how you draw up your seating chart you still end up with kids sitting together that should be separated.

7. Lunacalypse

The disaster that befalls your classroom during a full moon when students go completely nuts.

The disaster that befalls your classroom during a full moon when students go completely nuts.

8. Hugsaulted

When you walk into a room full of kindergarteners and they all rush to hug you at once, putting you in a very uncomfortable position.

When you walk into a room full of kindergarteners and they all rush to hug you at once, putting you in a very uncomfortable position.

9. Deja Do

When you have to repeatedly tell your students what to do because they refuse to listen to instructions the first time.

When you have to repeatedly tell your students what to do because they refuse to listen to instructions the first time.

10. Jeanphoria

The inexplicable feeling of joy a teacher feels any time they are allowed to wear jeans to school.

The inexplicable feeling of joy a teacher feels any time they are allowed to wear jeans to school.

11. Edudextrous

An ability all teachers have, to teach multiple concepts to multiple students on multiple learning levels all at the same time.

An ability all teachers have, to teach multiple concepts to multiple students on multiple learning levels all at the same time.

12. Techollapse

When all the technology in your classroom decides to stop working at once, usually right when you need it the most.

When all the technology in your classroom decides to stop working at once, usually right when you need it the most.

13. Bathvalanche

The phenomenon that occurs when one student asks to go to the bathroom, suddenly everyone has to go as well.

The phenomenon that occurs when one student asks to go to the bathroom, suddenly everyone has to go as well.

14. Grindloathing

The intense hatred teachers feel towards the sound of a student sharpening their pencil during a lesson.

The intense hatred teachers feel towards the sound of a student sharpening their pencil during a lesson.

15. Sneezestupification

The general feeling of shock the entire class feels when they are quietly testing and a student randomly uncorks the world’s loudest sneeze.

The general feeling of shock the entire class feels when they are quietly testing and a student randomly uncorks the world’s loudest sneeze.

16. Observehension

A feeling of dread a teacher has when their class is going completely bonkers, but admin is coming any minute to obverse you.

A feeling of dread a teacher has when their class is going completely bonkers, but admin is coming any minute to obverse you.

17. Time-hoping

When there are 3 minutes left in class and students stare at the clock hoping it will magically jump forward.

When there are 3 minutes left in class and students stare at the clock hoping it will magically jump forward.

18. Decorivalry

An unspoken competition between teachers in the same hallway to see who can have the most decorated classroom.

An unspoken competition between teachers in the same hallway to see who can have the most decorated classroom.

19. Pinteresession

A deep obsession many teachers have with trying to recreate every single cute classroom idea they find on Pinterest.

A deep obsession many teachers have with trying to recreate every single cute classroom idea they find on Pinterest.

20. Quiznesia

When no matter how many times you remind a class, they all seem to forget that the quiz was today.

When no matter how many times you remind a class, they all seem to forget that the quiz was today.

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David Rode

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I'm currently a Middle School Math Teacher which means I'm also a glutton for punishment. Honestly though, I am keenly aware that Middle School is basically the worst 3 years in the life of a child, so it's my mission to make it suck less. I'm also a musician, a community theater, Dad to two amazing children, and I don't get a lot of sleep.

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