il cocco del professore

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the noun il cocco del professore, which means teacher’s pet. You know: the student who sits in front of the class, is always called on and enjoys helping the teacher out in class.

See our example used below:

Tutti i colleghi di Marcello lo odiano perché in aula si siede sempre davanti al professore, interviene durante le lezioni e ha sempre una risposta pronta. Secondo noi è il cocco del professore Argento.

All of Marcello’s classmates hate him because in class he always sits in front of teacher, participates during the lesson and always has a response ready. In our opinion he is Professor Argento’s teacher’s pet.