Algebra (n.): from the Arabic Al-Gibbera meaning "the Gibberish";
the word has become corrupted to algebra and most students never know, though they may suspect, that they really are studying Gibberish.
Student A: Did you see that little sentence in our social studies book about the Middle Eastern philosopher who named algebra?
Student B: I don't take social studies....I'm trying to find X...
A collection of pages with lines for a theatrical production; the script purports to be the final authority when there is a question at rehearsal.
Nevertheless, changes are made to the script right up to dress rehearsal, and it is not uncommon to find as many as half a dozen scripts on the director's desk: "Two Top Hats and a Spy", "Top Hats revised", "Top Hats: latest edition", "Top Hats: no deaths", and "Top Hats: Collector's Edition".
Director: Do you have your script?
Actor: Script! Yes! ..... No, I left it at home.
Director: That was the third copy I've given you. You ate the last one.