Me: Pick up your trombone with your hands.
Student: *looks at hands confusedly* Do you mean PawGrabbers?
Me: ...pick up your trombone with your PawGrabbers...
Student: You mean Swirly-Whirly-Twirly-Fear-Of-Valves instrument?
Me: *blank stare*
Me: *resigned sigh and eyeroll*
Me: Pick up your Swirly-Whirly-Twirly-Fear-Of-Valves instrument with your PawGrabbers.
File that away under things I never expected to say in my life and hope to never say again.
I have been teaching music across the Twin Cities since 2011. Along with seeing students grow as musicians and people, one of the joys of teaching is the ridiculous things my students say.