What’s a motto with you?

diamondcutter

Senior Member
Joined
Oct 21, 2014
Member Type
English Teacher
Native Language
Chinese
Home Country
China
Current Location
China
Ms. Todd was wearing a TEAM T-shirt just like Mr. Klutz.
“Why are you both wearing T-shirts that say TEAM?” asked Ryan.
“TEAM is our new motto at Ella Mentry School,” said Mr. Klutz. “It stands for 'Together Everyone Achieves More.’” Mr. Klutz loves initials.
“What’s a motto?” asked Michael.
“Nothing,” said Mr. Klutz. “What’s a motto with you?”
Mr. Klutz laughed even though he didn’t say anything funny. He’s nuts.

Source: Ms. Todd Is Odd, Dan Gutman

Mr. Klutz asks Michael, “What’s a motto with you?” What does he mean? Does he want to know Michael’s motto?
 

tedmc

VIP Member
Joined
Apr 16, 2014
Member Type
Interested in Language
Native Language
Chinese
Home Country
Malaysia
Current Location
Malaysia
I think it's a cheeky way of saying "What's the matter with you?" Klutz was making fun of Michael's ignorance.
 

Tarheel

VIP Member
Joined
Jun 16, 2014
Member Type
Interested in Language
Native Language
American English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
It's a pun. Admittedly, humor is somewhat subjective, but I think it it's funny. (You have to imagine it being said out loud.)
 
Top