Friday, February 03, 2006

"Kindergarten is a Merlot"

From a Washington Post article about the No Child Left Behind act's effect on a local school:

Monte E. Dawson, Alexandria schools' executive director for testing and evaluation, was the man in charge of Maury's battle to convince state education officials that Maury should come off the list. He described the process as a matter of judgment. It would, he said, be rather like sampling a new and supposedly improved wine.

"You are swirling the wine around," Dawson said. "The judge might say, 'I like the bouquet, but it tastes like dreck.' "

noun, slang
Trash, especially inferior merchandise.
[German, dirt, trash and Yiddish drek, excrement, both from Middle High German drec, from Old High German.]
"dreck." The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. 03 Feb. 2006.