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It's time to take Lauren on in the classroom.

Byline: Will Batchelor

AS if things weren't bad enough for teachers (see main piece), it seems that popular catchphrase-based TV shows are compounding their misery.

A poll has revealed that characters created by the likes of Catherine Tate and Little Britain are providing kids with an armoury of ready-made guips to belittle teachers.

"Whatever!", "Am I bovvered?" and "Computer says no" are among the favourites.

My advice to teachers is to fight fire with fire, and simply throw a catchphrase right back at the little blighters. Don't use a modern one, though. Far better to blindside them with the popular sayings of your youth.

The next time some jumped-up Jonny guotes Little Britain at you, tell him:

"Oooh, you are awful, but I like you!"

If sassy Suzie plays the Catherine Tate card, cross and uncross your legs wildly before insisting: 'But it's all in the best possible taste."

Even PE teachers can get in on the act, by screaming "Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!" as they charge behind the bike sheds looking for sly smokers.

With any luck, your time-served catchphrases will prove too mighty for their puny efforts. Or your excruciating amateur dramatics will embarrass them into stunned silence.

Either way, you're a winner.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 5, 2007
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