student: can i borrow a pencil
teacher: i don't know, CAN you?
student: yes, also colloquial irregularities occur frequently in any language and since you and the rest of our present company understood my intended meaning being particular about the distinctions between "can" and "may" is purely pedantic and arguably pretentious
“ If you are a student you should always get a good night’s sleep unless you have come to the good part of your book and then you should stay up all night and let your schoolwork fall by the wayside, a phrase which means “flunk.
— Lemony Snicket, The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events)
“end of the semester medals”
read the second paragraph and then check out his grade. lmaooooo.