In my 7th grade classes we’re watching an episode of the Twilight Zone. It’s called “To Serve Man,” and it’s about an alien race that comes to earth. They have this book, and the earthlings decipher the title, which is “To Serve Man.” They think the aliens are there to altruistically help them, but they figure out eventually that it’s a cookbook.
Here’s my observation about the episodes though–we’ve watched two now, and television watchers in the sixties were definitely more intelligent than tv watchers now. Here is a smattering of the vocabulary I’ve heard in the first few minutes:
“shake hands figuratively with a Christopher Columbus from another time”
As an English teacher, I find it sad that language like this is now scarcely understood, much less used in mass media.