06 June 2007

caustic - adj. anorexic

So my brother James' English teacher sent the class home with a list of vocabulary words. Among the many and egregious errors made in the given definitions was this gem:

bigot - n., hypocrite

So my mom, sister and I read this, laugh a lot, make James actually look up the word, laugh some more, come up with some choice words for his young, inexperienced and apparently illiterate English teacher. James goes to class the next day for a public dressing down of his teacher. Her response?

"Well a bigot is usually a hypocrite."

And this woman is teaching our youth.


  1. Well, actually according to www.bartley.com


    NOUN: One who is strongly partial to one's own group, religion, race, or politics and is intolerant of those who differ.
    ETYMOLOGY: French, from Old French.
    WORD HISTORY: Bigots may have more in common with God than one might think. Legend has it that Rollo, the first duke of Normandy, refused to kiss the foot of the French king Charles III, uttering the phrase bi got, his borrowing of the assumed Old English equivalent of our expression by God. Although this story is almost surely apocryphal, it is true that bigot was used by the French as a term of abuse for the Normans, but not in a religious sense. Later, however, the word, or very possibly a homonym, was used abusively in French for the Beguines, members of a Roman Catholic lay sisterhood. From the 15th century on Old French bigot meant “an excessively devoted or hypocritical person.” Bigot is first recorded in English in 1598 with the sense “a superstitious hypocrite.”

  2. I stand corrected Sarah. I guess a bigot is indeed a hypocrite.