Finesse…it doesn’t always mean what you think it means.
Especially if you teach at the high school level.
If you’re old, like me, when you hear the word finesse, you think of doing something with style.
In a way, this sort of fits the new-fangled slang that the kids have turned it into.
According to the Urban Dictionary, finesse means, “To talk someone out of their things. Not stealing persuading someone out of their belongs, or to do you a favor.”
Please do not go to Urban Dictionary and look this up for yourselves. The sample sentence that uses the word is definitely rated PG-13.
I’m just sayin’.
So anyhow, what in the world am I doing writing about a slang word?
Well you see, I tried really, really hard to finesse something from one of my students.
It all started last night when I posted the following picture on my favorite social media sites:
This book had arrived at my house just two days prior, and although I’m already in the middle of one book, I was curious, read the first two chapters, and was hooked immediately.
Rebecca commented on Facebook and told me how much she had enjoyed reading Everything, Everything by the same author.
I got excited because I already had that book in my class, so that’s what I looked for when I got to school this morning.
I couldn’t find it.
That meant one of two things: 1) A student was reading it, or 2) Someone had made off with the book already.
As my first period students began their silent reading today, I mentioned that I was looking for the book, and one of my girls told me that she had it.
I was so relieved and began hatching a plan.
A plan to finesse that book right out of her hands for the weekend.
When reading time was over, I asked if she was leaving it in her folder.
No such deal.
I admitted that I had planned on finessing the book when she wasn’t looking because I really, really want to read it.
The entire class started laughing…because I was using their slang…and because I wanted her book.
She did take it home, which really is fine because I still have the newer book to read.
I’m going to have to work on my skills though. Apparently my modus operandi is not stealthy enough.
And that’s Latin, not slang.