teacherese

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

teacher +‎ -ese

Noun[edit]

teacherese (uncountable)

  1. (sometimes humorous) The sort of language spoken by teachers.
    • 1995, Anabel Donald, In at the Deep End
      'Troubled', the headmaster had said, presumably teacherese for the same thing.
    • 1997, Frank Deford, Alex: the life of a child
      This latter was a nice teacherese way of saying that Alex was hopelessly uncoordinated. It took her forever to learn to put on her underpants...