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    tired

    I would like to know the meaning of the next sentence.
    I was getting tired of watchng TV anyway.


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    He got his report card (his grades from school). He knows that his poor grades will cause him to be punished by his father. This includes the loss of TV watching privileges.

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    It's a joke. A student's report card is a card that says how well the student did. It often happens in western countries that when a child has bad grades, their parents punish them by forbidding them to watch television. The father asks his son why his grades are so bad. He would probably like to hear some good excuse so he could believe his son is not lazy. Instead, he hears the response, "I was getting tired of watching TV anyway." This shows a total failure of the father's motivational methods. It turns out that the son learned only as long as he wanted to watch TV. When TV started tiring him, he stopped learning, because there was nothing to motivate him.

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    That may be reading a lot into it. I read it simply as the kid resigning himself to his punishment by applying "sour grapes" to the TV.

    sour grapes - Idioms - by the Free Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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    Re: tired

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    That may be reading a lot into it. I read it simply as the kid resigning himself to his punishment by applying "sour grapes" to the TV.

    sour grapes - Idioms - by the Free Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
    Agreed. As interesting as birdeen's analysis was, it is reading too much into it. Sorry, birdeen.

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