One Word Sunday – Vatical

That’s how he used to pronounced it!

How about I take you down my personal memory lane today?

Once upon a time, when I was a 10th grade kid, there was a physics teacher in my school. A gentle guy in his mid 30’s back then, he was kind-hearted and supportive to his students in many ways.

But those aren’t the only reasons for which I still remember him 🙂

During his lectures, he always used to pronounce word “vertical” as “vatical“.

Me and my classmates were quick learners, so we decided to use this mispronunciation of vertical into our own daily conversation.

Of course, we didn’t made fun of him on his face but we used to mimic his style whenever we were hanging outside classroom or school.

I especially remember one particular scene when during our 10th grade class picnic to the beach, I wrote down the word “vatical” on sand!


Earlier this week, when I read Debbie Symth’s One Word Sunday Challenge of Vertical on her blog, that physics teacher and his “vatical” popped in my mind instantly.

These 6 iron bars, “vatically” standing against the backdrop of clear blue sky, is my little tribute to that physics teacher.



13 thoughts on “One Word Sunday – Vatical

    • Hammad Rais April 7, 2019 / 9:38 PM

      Thank you very much, Debbie 🙂


  1. Itching for Hitching April 4, 2019 / 3:29 AM

    Ha, I can relate to that. We had a teacher who used to shout “You Harris me I’ll Harris you!” And I didn’t think that we were particularly unruly.

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    • Hammad Rais April 4, 2019 / 11:12 AM

      Honestly speaking, I don’t remember any lesson he taught to me now except for this about him 😀

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Lisa Bradshaw April 3, 2019 / 10:38 PM

    Hahaha it’s amazing how we remember an accent on a word so many years later.. 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    • Hammad Rais April 4, 2019 / 11:10 AM

      Memories from life’s golden era never fades away 🙂


  3. Kunal Thakore April 3, 2019 / 6:20 PM

    We all have these happy memories of one-of-a-kind teachers and their idiosyncracies 🙂

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    • Hammad Rais April 3, 2019 / 7:59 PM

      Exactly. Memories of such individuals never fade away. Thanks for joining me on my memory lane.

      Liked by 1 person

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