The Blame Game

Student: My vocabulary word was "avaricious."  Here's my example sentence: "Communists, socialists and plain old self-aggrandizing, avaricious politicians will resume gulping greedy draughts at the public teat, while hastily constructing arks of political and pecuniary means for their future escape."

Me: Hmm.  I'm not sure that sentence helps you understand the meaning of "avaricious."

Student: I understand it fine.  I just don't know what "teat" means.

Me: It means "breast." <chorus of muffled giggles>  It's okay; I know you didn't know that.  Just, next time, maybe choose a sentence you understand a little better.

Student: Well, it's Google's fault.

And I fell silent, because there was no further response to be given.