Monday, October 30, 2006

Quotable Quotes

From my freshman essays:

"The United States should not pride into the business of other countries."

"I don't want people to think I'm ease dropping in on their conversations."

"We searched in every nook and granny of the house."

10 comments:

Tony Arnold said...
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Tony Arnold said...

The first one gets an A in my book. Maybe he or she meant it exactly the way they wrote it.

Sure sounds like what W has been doing. Priding his way into everything he does.

Tony

JMG said...

I thought of that when I read it. Although the student made a mistake, the thought rings true.

jettybetty said...

I LOVE THESE!!!
And yes, #1 is the best!

m said...

Yeah, these are adorable. ADORABLE!

JMG said...

M, it would be adorable if these weren't from college students.

Tony Arnold said...

Some are calling college the new high school. I am inclined to agree based on my experiences.

JMG said...

Today, the headline on our campus newspaper read: "Dow Jones effects local gas prices."

I showed this grievous error to several other English teachers who were equally as shocked as I was, but neither were we surprised.

Sometimes I wonder if all my efforts are in vain.

m said...

I blame technology, with all of the short hand with texting. I looked over some of the last few text messages I got and they look like they were written by Prince when he went through his weird symbol phase. "I luv U", "I luv U 2". Of course, this notonly saves time when texting, but since many text services charge by the character, it saves money too. Thus, I blame the poor grammar and spelling skills of today's youth on being cheap.

JMG said...

Yeah, I agree, M. Sometimes I'll get an email from a student who will use text message language shorthand, and I just don't even bother to reply, or if I do reply, I tell the student to email me back in English.

I give my students my cell phone number so that I have to keep up with only one voicemail box, but because I don't have the unlimited text message package with my phone plan, I told them that if they text message me I'll take the cost out of their grade!