Wednesday, October 31, 2007

"Spell check is not your friend"

"Let me give you an example. Recently I graded a paper in which a student listed the kinds of jobs traditionally held by women. They meant to write 'nursing, teaching, etcetera', as far as I can guess; what they ended up with was 'nursing, teaching, excreta.' Now, this might well sum up the social position of women in much of American history, but I don’t think it’s what the author meant to say."

Read the whole thing; it is hilarious (if others' grammar mistakes give you kicks like they do for me). Of course, I'm not putting myself out there as one who never makes such mistakes, I just like to laugh at them.

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