Competition for Stoop missing word
By Kelvin Smythe
Competition for Stoop
In a recent article I wrote the
‘Ever since he allowed to go through in the Explanatory note for national standards legislation, farcically incorrect
statistics, Graeme Stoop has been deeply unpopular amongst primary teachers. There was only one
statistic of significance in the Explanatory
note and that was 56% put forward to represent
the percentage of schools successfully collecting and using assessment information for literacy and
numeracy. The statistic should have been 93% and 91% (from the 2007 review office report). What
teachers have had to put up with over the last four years!'
I then wrote: ‘This
grey man, this bureaucratic plodder, with no recorded original ideas to his name and, in my view a
Then I said: ‘A free Primary School Diary to any one who can guess
the word I had in mind.’
The response was free-wheeling. The following is a
No-one sent in the word I had in mind, but three
correspondents did send in the word I started with, but from which I then decided to go slightly
down-market from there.
Three people sent in sycophant, the word I first had
in mind, so to those three people, the next booklet ‘Stories & Satires’ Part Two.
M. on Sunday, 10 February 11.51 sent in: Lackey and sycophant along
with the synonyms fawner and bootlicker.
L. said ‘I
love the chance to play with words, especially on a Sunday afternoon. My suggestion is
sycophant: A servile self-seeker who attempts to win favour by flattering influential
And H. said: ‘Stoop the sycophant; Stoop the toady; fuscous
Stoop (I had to go to the Thesaurus for fuscous but I think I’ll try to use it ten times
G. well known in the Manawatu: ‘Not one word, but of course the
obvious He Stoops to Conquer.’
A well-known academic (no initial
provided because you would immediately work out who it was) descends in appealing style to the
nursery: ‘The only words that come to mind for your competition are Stooping Snoop or
Snooping Stoop or Stoop-Poop.’
A West Auckland
principal in the same vein: ‘Instead a phrase … Stoop the droop with Dr
A north of Auckland principal says: ‘He is a w… Kelvin!!! I’ll take
your word for it ...
M. says ‘Dare I suggest it might be …wipe.’ No you
can’t you naughty girl. (Nevertheless, a free booklet for displaying just that
principal restores the tone with: ‘Obsequious.’
R. asks: ‘Is the
word greaser.’ Close because it is at the level of colloquialism of my word.
A highly revered Auckland principal closes the selection with: ‘Agree with you – yet
more rubbishing of our work in the very public domain.’
‘My word for Mr S.
would be: Pillock.’
And my down-market word for sycophant was: