Student : "You know, Buff-it, like Hometown Buff-it."
Me: "Oh, Hometown Buffet."
Student : "No...Buff-it!"
Me: "Actually, it is pronounced Buffet. (writing on a piece of scratch paper Buff + ay) See, it sounds like Buff + ay put them together and you get Buffet."
Student : "Ms. V., you only use the + sign when you are adding, not spelling. "
Me: "Well, I was just trying to show you how it sounds."
Student : (looking at me like I have lost my mind) Um ... Ms. V. It isn't spelled that way with the plus sign. It is spelled B-u-f-f-e-t.
Me: "Well, it is a French spelling."
Student : "But we live in the U.S."
Me: "Well, it is a French word that we use and it is spelled one way and sounds another."
Me: (at my wits end by now) "Why?"
Student: "Yeah, why?"
Me: "Because I said so!"
Student: "Oh, ok, why didn't you just say that in the first place?"