Note pinned on me

English translation: literally

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English term or phrase:Note pinned on me
English translation:literally
Entered by: Mohamed Farouk

21:20 Apr 23, 2018
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English term or phrase: Note pinned on me
When she got to mine she said: Little Stevie! Come up to the front of the class.
I'm thinking, this is a great moment for me. I've written something on my paper so wonderful that's better than all the rest. I'm going up to get a gold star. I got up there. She said: why did you write that on your paper? And I said because that was our assignment for today. She said, but why did you write it on your paper though? I said because I wanna be on tv. Then she just started breaking me down. Who do you know on tv?
Anybody in school ever been on tv? No, Ma'am.
Anybody in your family ever been on tv? No, Ma'am.
She just destroyed me in front of these kids. I thought I was getting a gold star, found out I wasn't. I was heartbroken. She reported me to my parents that I'm being a smart alec in class. Sent me home with a note pinned on me. I got home. I'm thinking I'm in a world of trouble.

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Not really sure whether he meant a note literally pinned on him or it's just a figure of speech.
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Mohamed Farouk
Egypt
Local time: 03:54
literally
Explanation:
Depends on the period and country, I guess, but I think it would be literal — I can't really imagine any figurative meaning here.

Today, schoolchirldren often have a kind of 'correspondence book' for communication between parents and teachers; but if no such formal system existed, pinning a note on the child's clothing would be a way of making sure the parents noticed it, and the child wouldn't lose it etc.
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Tony M
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Local time: 03:54
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note pinned on me
literally


Explanation:
Depends on the period and country, I guess, but I think it would be literal — I can't really imagine any figurative meaning here.

Today, schoolchirldren often have a kind of 'correspondence book' for communication between parents and teachers; but if no such formal system existed, pinning a note on the child's clothing would be a way of making sure the parents noticed it, and the child wouldn't lose it etc.


Tony M
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Local time: 03:54
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