It has happened to many a teacher. You are up there speaking in front of the class and the words escape your lips. And then you realize it: how awful they will sound if repeated on their own, out of context, by your students somewhere… to a friend, on social media, to an administrator, to a reporter. There is no “undo” on speech. (Yet.) All we have is the humor of it, if there is humor in it, and with luck, a good, if short, story to tell.
(image: detail of “Shocked Crowd” by Sarah McIntyre)