Meanwhile, the educationalist Alec Greville-Sims reports hearing some male pupils describe a girl as horny. How did they know, he wondered, until learning that nowadays horny can mean to provoke horniness. He was heartened, however, that his shirt was thought groovy - but, no, that now means stuck in a groove.
Not in any dictionary is a word remembered by the essayist Joseph Epstein from his youth, when, evocatively, acne was called tweed. Any pupil who gets this in circulation can be let off homework for a week.Reuse content