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Dean Putney at 12:24 am Fri, May 11, 2012
Hmm…I detect a challenge…
Didn’t I meet you at the Edgewater?
It was the 60s. Drugs were involved. How about we just leave it at that and not talk about the Edgewater anymore, mmkay?
Excellent. I think Neil said something like that in The Young Ones – “You can never hammer in the last nail.”
Looked at some of the other stuff quoted on the blog. This would be really funny if it wasn’t so sad.
Here’s a good one… “I believe that life begins at contraception.”
Dodging a bullet does have a life-affirming quality to it.
The credibility of Boing Boing is insanely reputable do to its high standards, and critical objectives.
You’re damn right!
I love the excessive/strange superlatives that frequently creep into my students’ writing! I guess it must be more correct if “Marx truly believed that the underclass were oppressed by the ruling ideology.”
“Contact with H2O
first aid for contact with H2O: flush eyes with water, rinse skin with water, if ingested, get medical help.”
I once had a student who turned in a paper all about the philosopher Dick Hart. He blathered on vaguely for a few pages about Hart, and I was baffled by what he was talking about, because no such person existed in the curriculum, or to my knowledge. Finally–and I am not making this up–he included Hart’s most famous quotation:
“I think, therefore I am.”
I worked in a bookstore in a college town. I led some young ladies to the Shakespeare section where one remarked, “I like Shakespear and all, except for all the cliches.”
Most of those snippets wouldn’t be out of place in certain online forums. They have that same wobbly, fledgling discourse and shaky grip on the ideas behind it.
(I’m not saying those students are dim. Their statements are just examples of the learning process. But it’s still entertaining to see.)
I feel like Ellen the Generous would be proud of the moniker.
I feel pretty dim for not getting this. What context makes this a malapropism as opposed to a statement of fact?