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    Default "Square" and "parallelogram" in the description of a person

    Dear Sir,

    I saw the following in one English textbook published in Singapore: "There was this lady Maths teacher. To her we were just mixed-up kids. To us she was not only a square but a parallelogram. She could never figure out what we would be up to next."

    I can find the meaning of a square in the description of a person. But for "parallelogram", I can't. May I know what is the meaning of "parallelogram" in the above context?

    Thank you.

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    It's a pun. We describe people as square when we think they are not cool, hip, trendy, perhaps even that they are a bit boring. This woman was more than just square, she wasn't even a square square! "Parallelogram" is not a word we generally use to describe people in English. The author was making a joke.
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    I still don't get it.

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    Default Re: "Square" and "parallelogram" in the description of a person

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I still don't get it.
    Age!

    This sums it up: "This woman was more than just square, she wasn't even a square square!"

    People who had outdated ideas were 'square'. Her ideas, approach to life, were so outdated that she was a distorted square.

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