Both sides now (back and forth?)
March 16, 2016 2:04am CST
I was ‘exploring’ the site for new discussions and I read the title of one, and I thought of a common mistake my students commit when they bring a sheet of document to be photocopied. Even when I tell my learners to copy both sides of the 2 documents (“notes on documentation, obsolete terms when writing nurses’ notes”, etc) in their logbooks, they would always ask me, “Ma’am, back and forth?” to which I respond, “It is back and front, dear student”. Notice how others request the person who photocopies a document and observe how they respond: Is it correct, or they say, “photocopy back and forth”? Just my “weird” way of saying “happy afternoon, everyone”!
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16 Mar 16
If it were me they were asking "back and forth maam" i would probably be the one to have the documents photocopied. I usually have my documents photocopied in National Bookstore or in NS Ocana but i have never been asked this ...hmmm ... super funny question. The operator of the copier would usually ask " you want both sides copied maam?" or " back to back copies maam?"
16 Mar 16
@mammots true, and one of my level 2 students that I handled last March 1st told me if she should write her case study in her logbook 'back and forth pages', and I nearly burst into laughter but instead, I told her, "YES, Ms. Agu, back and forth".
17 Mar 16
vice versa too, my friend. Hahaha! using all what is posted here now, but of course this is just for fun and amusement. I think the students are now shying away from selfie, netbooks and phones because it is their finals week and they should strive hard so they evade removal from the class.
31 Mar 16
@ridingbet Is this an error in their native language, or in an acquired language? If it's an error in a non-native language, it's probably due to confusion over idioms. If it's in the mother tongue, unfortunately what you're seeing is probably a shift in the language. I am sometimes irked by incorrect usage that has "snuck" into the English lexicon. It seems that both youth and adults just get lax about errors, and then lexicographers record words like "Irregardless" in the dictionary. Much to my chagrin....
16 Mar 16
yes, this issue is also not mainly about my students, but a common notion if a document is for photocopying. try observing in a photocopying store if somebody wants his document xeroxed both sides; the most is telling the photocopier to xerox back and forth... then you will remember me, my friend. hahaha!