Slang vs. Literal

According to Urban Dictionary, the slang meaning of “taking someone to school” is, “beating someone in a competition┬ábadly and thereby teaching┬áthem how it’s really done.”

Ahh, but what if that┬ásomeone is your 18 year-old son, and you really ARE “taking him to school” — in this case, to college halfway across the country in the Bay Area?


“Dropping him off” sounds like he’s going to a friend’s house in the neighborhood.

Meanwhile, “delivering him” makes it sound like he’s a package.

Sometimes, there really are no words . . .

See also, ““You Take the Cake!” (& Other Ruined Expressions).”

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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