An experienced teacher made a comment at the MS/HS awards assembly about being more mature than the preceding presenter. The remark was not meant to be derogatory, but the younger staff member was unsure how to react.
A few tongue-in-cheek e-mails settled the “issue” amicably:
“Dear Ms. X,
It has come to our attention that you felt denigrated by the insinuation that you are not “mature”.
Please bear in mind that “immature” is not the sole antonym for “mature”. Other, more positive interpretations might include
“youthful” or “still developing”.
Those who have not yet reached maturity are evolving, changing, moving in new directions; not rigid, fixed, immobile.
We congratulate you on your non-mature status and wish you well in your dynamic life!
The Word Police”
“I like the term, “still evolving,” as in, not being stagnant. Thanks ladies, you are the best! Have a great weekend.”