A lesson in ebonics

A sixth grade class is doing some spelling drills. The teacher asks Tommy if he can spell ‘before.’ He stands up and says, «Before, B-E-P-H-O-R.»

The teacher says, «No, that’s wrong. Can anyone else spell before?»

Another little boy stands up and says, «Before, B-E-F-O-O-R.»

Again the teacher says, «No, that’s wrong.» The teacher asks, «Little Johnny, can you spell ‘before’?»

Little Johnny stands up and says, «Before, B-E-F-O-R-E.»

«Excellent Johnny, now can you use it in a sentence?»

Little Johnny says, «That’s easy. Two plus two be fore.»

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A lesson in ebonics