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    Default Does barkcovered mean noisy?

    And "to be held back from the first grade" means "to repeat the first grade"?


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    School was a haven for me. I was thrilled to be away from
    Mother. At recess I was a wild man. I blitzed through the
    barkcovered playground, Looking for new, adventurous things
    to do. I made friends easily and felt so happy to be at school.
    One day in late spring, when I returned home from school,
    Mother threw me into her bedroom. She then yelled at me,
    stating I was to be held back from the first grade because I was a
    bad boy. I did not understand. I knew I had more “happy face”
    papers than anybody in the class. I obeyed my teacher and I felt
    she liked me. But Mother continued to roar that I had shamed
    the family and would be severely punished. She decided that I
    was banned from watching television, forever. I was to go
    without dinner and accomplish whatever chores Mother could
    dream up. After another thrashing, I was sent to the garage to
    stand until Mother called me to go to bed.

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    Default Re: Does barkcovered mean noisy?

    No, it means covered in bark -meaning #1 here.
    Last edited by 5jj; 29-Jun-2012 at 17:07. Reason: typo
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: Does barkcovered mean noisy?

    Hi,

    It means literally that the floor/ground was covered with bark to absorb impact.

    "Interestingly, the percentage of falls resulting in fractures is somewhat lower
    for hard surfaces such as concrete and tarmac than for natural surfaces such as grass/earth, and
    even proprietary impact absorbing surfaces such as sand, bark and woodchip, and rubber." From Playgrounds ~ risks, benefits and choices, Professor David J Ball, School of Health & Social Sciences, Middlesex University (2002). [the highlights are mine]

    Greetings ,

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    Default Re: Does barkcovered mean noisy?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    No, it means covered in bar ( this one's on you, master ) -meaning #1 here.
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    Default Re: Does barkcovered mean noisy?

    I expect he had to repeat kindergarten, and was not allowed to enter first grade. It's actually pretty common here, so that we have special combined "K/1" classes for the kids who just weren't ready to move up. It often had to do with emotional maturity and their ability to sit for an entire day instead of the half-day of kindergarten, and not whether they'd mastered any academic topics.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Does barkcovered mean noisy?

    It would be better to hyphenate bark-covered.

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    Default Re: Does barkcovered mean noisy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    It would be better to hyphenate bark-covered.

    Rover
    It would be better to find another mother for the boy!

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