A Crafty One Behind The Bicycle Shed

Strange sounding words often come from some ancient language like early Greek or Roman.
This is certainly true in the English language which over thousands of years has absorbed several languages to become the one spoken tongue with more ways to say the same thing than any other.
Canopy is an example of an original ancient Greek word which meant a cover to keep the mosquitoes away. Now it is used to describe anything that covers an area without solid sides.

It can be of any material and was originally some kind of canvas or cotton sheeting. Mosquitoes have influenced history through the ages. These tiny annoying insects that appear along the Mediterranean coast every spring have been responsible for more deaths through malaria than any other creature on the planet.

In the United Kingdom there are laws in place that make it compulsory for children at school to have a certain amount of time outdoors playing in the fresh air.

In olden days it mattered not that if it rained the child would get soaked and has to spend the rest of the afternoon shivering in the classroom.

Teachers on days like these would huddle in the warm staffroom drinking endless cups of tea or coffee and puffing away on cigarettes discussing the revolting boys in their class and dreaming of the days when corporal punishment was permitted.

Some schools got soft and decided that if it rained the children could stay in the classroom but nowadays another possibility has arisen.
Canopies not only apply to the outside smoking areas at office blocks or over the bus and train shelters but are also to be seen at many schools across the country.

With canopies there is no excuse not to have that compulsory outdoor break and even teachers with their ban on staffroom smoking can enjoy a crafty puff behind the bicycle shed.

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