chalkface

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

In the education sense, it is a metaphor for coalface, after the chalk used on school blackboards, and is believed to have been coined by Ted Wragg for his Times Educational Supplement column.

Noun[edit]

chalkface (plural chalkfaces)

  1. (geology) A cliff or quarry exposing chalk, e.g. the White Cliffs of Dover
  2. (education) The environment where teaching is carried out, specifically a school.