Chalktrauma (chawk’ traw ma) – n. The body’s reaction to someone running his fingernails down a chalkboard.
Now that holiday vacation is over, get ready, students, for six more months of possibly hearing one of the world’s most annoying sounds in your own classroom. Someone, somewhere is going to take upon his or herself to make you miserable for about a minute of your time for their maniacally evil fun. You will hear the squeal and the squeak, and hold your hands to your ears in agony, chanting “Stop it! Stop it! Stop it!” until this evil-doer has gotten their satisfaction in making you beg. You might even be that evil-doer, and you will hold the power to make your classmates bend to your will when you run your own fingernails down that blackboard. Isn’t it amazing how the noise never seems to affect the person who is actually doing the scratching? There are those you who might be lucky enough to live in a town where blackboards have been replaced by whiteboards, but you still have to deal with the squeak of dry erase pens, but they are really not even close to giving students Chalktrauma. How very, very lucky you are now!