I worked in the 70’s next to a teacher who was a good award-winning teacher but had an ongoing problem with teenagers and their choices of words. In particular it was popular for students during that era to say with little prompting, “That sucks.” This teacher always took exception to that particular phrase with punishments of often Old Testament proportions.
In the modern era we have the phrase , “Going Postal.” In many of the schools I have taught in, a teacher who at times over-disciplined was often described by other teachers as going , ” Old Testament” The Old Testament teachers tend to control behaviors with unbending forceful and at times physical punishments as opposed to “New Testament” teachers who were softer and more forgiving. I fell somewhere in between the two with my discipline. At times mis-behavior begged for a forceful response that said “Stop it now!” and never do it again. At other times mis-behavior calls for a teaching response that asks them to learn from what they have done and work on stopping it in the future. Both responses have a place in education.
I’m guessing that this good teacher went “Old Testament,” over “That sucks.” because the visual produced in their brain did not involve a thick chocolate malted with a straw. I’m also guessing that students aiming, “That Sucks.” at a teacher in a modern classroom would be unnoticeable or at times even praised for having not used other possibly more graphic word choices.