Posted by: Idioma Extra | March 8, 2011

The Weird and the Wonderful

Gold Teeth Deflect Bullet, Save a Life, but Still Get Kid Banned From School


Gold is the new pearly white.

These glittering grills could become even more popular after Walter Davis, a New Orleans man allegedly shot in the mouth by his younger brother, was saved when the dental accessory stopped the bullet.

Davis escaped with only minor gum damage and a cut upper lip because of his gold front teeth, the Uptown Messenger reported.

The metallic chompers likely deflected the .22 caliber bullet his brother allegedly fired into his face from a Smith and Wesson revolver, giving new meaning to the expression good as gold.

The brothers got into an argument on Feb. 7 after Walter and his girlfriend had reportedly smoked Waltdell’s marijuana, which angered the younger brother. Police arrested Waltdell and charged him with aggravated battery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and parole violation.

While gold teeth might have saved a life in Louisiana, students in Savannah, Ga., were forced to use music to prove that their “grillz” were worth their weight in gold.

Students at Savannah High School frequently wear “grillz” — gold pieces that fit over their real teeth — but Principal Toney Jordan declared war on the fashion statement by banning them from hallways and classrooms.

But he’s been unsuccessful in getting kids off the gold standard. They struck back with a protest song, “I Can’t Hear You With That Gold in Your Mouth.”

Four classmates collaborated over their winter break to come up with the ditty and impressed Jordan with their motivation and creativity.

“Our kids are talented and creative and they can find inspiration in just about anything,” Jordan told the Savannah Morning News. “They are changing the culture at Savannah High School of Liberal Studies. We just have to keep catering to their various interests and learning styles.”

The principal ordered the school’s technology teacher to help them make a music video and the students plan to enter a media contest.

Word of the Day

fel•on: \ˈfe-lən\
Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French felun, fel evildoer, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German fillen to beat, whip, fel skin — more at fell
First Known Use: 13th century
1: a criminal who has committed a serious crime (called a felony)
2archaic : villain
3: whitlow

More Vocabulary

Cater: v. to supply what is required or desired
Chomper(s): n.
(informal) teeth
Ditty: n.
(sometimes humorous) a short and simple song
Grill(z): n.
in hip hop culture, a grill (also front or golds) is a type of jewelry worn over the teeth

Idioms & Expressions

Good as gold: very good (behavior)

  • Sarah was afraid Martin would blurt something inappropriate during the team meeting, but he was good as gold the entire time.

Be worth its/your weight in gold: to be extremely useful or valuable

  1. A book that could tell me in simple language how to use this computer wouldbe worth its weight in gold.

Love those Phrasal Verbs

Come up with: to produce; supply

  • Can you come up with the right answer?

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