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The two tech reviewers who got to try Google Glass said they had "potential," which is one of those euphemistic words teachers use to describe C students, as to not hurt their parents' feelings. Both The Wall Street Journal's Spencer E. Ante and The New York Times's David Pogue used the p-word twice in their reviews of the not yet finished project, which isn't a bad thing, but didn't sound that good to us either. Since this reminded us of something an educator might say of his or her developing student, we asked a teacher source of ours about these terms, which she tells us are called "teacher code." In other words: A term educators use to soften the blow about struggling students. In fact, both Ante and Pogue peppered their reviews with hedged terms like these, which we didn't quite know what to make of. We had her translate that code. 

Teacher Code: It has 'potential'

  • "After 10 minutes of playing with the glasses—which the company prefers to call Google Glass, since they don't have lenses—I could see their long-term potential," wrote Ante.
  • "What's really missing, though, is a killer app that could really show the technology's potential," concluded Ante.
  • "The potential is already amazing," said Pogue.
  • "In short, it’s much too soon to predict Google Glass’s success or failure. But it’s easy to see that it has potential," added Pogue. 

Translation: Currently not that great

Teacher Code: Not 'ambitious' enough

  • From Ante: "The glasses are like a less obtrusive smartphone that rids the world of people looking down at their devices while walking on the street. That is great, but it doesn't seem ambitious enough." 

Translation: Lazy

Teacher Code: Doesn't have a plan

  • "It doesn't have a concrete plan yet," wrote Ante. 

Translation: Scatterbrained, can't focus, or spaced-out.

Teacher Code: On the verge of a 'breakthrough'

  • From Pogue: "Google Glass seemed like a perfect example of a breakthrough on the verge."

Translation: Hasn't achieved anything

Decoding the reviews, it doesn't sound like Google Glass has achieved greatness -- yet. Like any disappointed teacher, we're always looking for improvement.

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