Monday, October 13, 2008

Best line of the day

I'm in draft-commenting jail (slightly lower security than grading jail)--nonetheless it has its rigors. The following speaks for itself:

"Culture has now become an important aspect in our society today."

O it has, has it?

8 comments:

Notorious Ph.D. said...

I hate to be one to play "I can top that," but, well, I can top that. Or rather my colleague can. A quote from her grading of papers on Latin American History today revealed that "the slave trade helped the Portuguese Crown to fill its coiffeurs."

Belle said...

I was a reader for the AP World History exams. Lots of this kind of stuff. My favorite was that the African slave coast (east) was predated by the Hanseatics.

Gotta watch those German merchants ya know.

heu mihi said...

Oh, I love these. I wish that there were a site or something that just compiled them for my own reading pleasure.

Good Enough Woman said...

I once had this one by a student who had become bored with "For Whom the Bell Tolls": "Hemingway's novel is very monogamous."

One my other favorites was from a student who talked about an author's "sexual in-your-windows."

I'm interested to know what comment you offered to the line about "culture" . . .

Hilaire said...

Oh god, yes!! The way "culture" and "society" get invoked!! Last night I wrote up a handout on this very thing, actually. Ugh!!

meredyth said...

Hi, I like your blog, especially as I'm working on my M.A. in pursuit of my PhD. One of these days I hope to swap my own student stories. However, for now I will give you an undergrad history professor I had. He WROTE the book on this stuff after years of teaching. It was sort of like a version of history based on his student's essays. One was "In the Dark ages it was very dark." Yes. Yes it was.

heu mihi said...

Meredyth--Hi! And that's great; I would love to see that book.

An Art History friend of mine once graded an exam in which a student wrote that art from the Dark Ages [who even uses this term anymore?] was so somber because the artists couldn't see very well. At least s/he was using deductive reasoning?

meredyth said...

if you can bear it: http://www.amazon.com/Non-Campus-Mentis-According-Students/dp/0761122745/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1224692575&sr=1-3