My kids, in their attempts at serious, academic writing, are often inadvertently hilarious. It’s been two years since my last posting of some of my favorites, so I thought you, gentle readers, could use a good laugh to get your weeks off to a light-hearted start. So for the next three weeks, a reiteration of some of my favorites.
I’ve been collecting the inadvertently funny things my students write for nearly 20 years. Some are the result of typographical errors, others an artifact of limited vocabularies running headlong into earnest attempts to expand them. Others are the unintentional marriage of two different concepts like this one:
Perhaps we will never know why Shakespeare wrote the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet the way that he did. It will remain a mystery to the world. But I know one thing. If he did go out in public, tomorrow, and pull his pants down, people would applaud.
That delightful juxtaposition of seemingly exclusive ideas was the result of a discussion of Julius Caesar, a mention of Romeo and Juliet, and a daily saying by Edna St. Vincent Millay simultaneously written on the chalkboard:
A person who publishes a book willfully appears before the populace with his pants down…
I’m still not sure from where the applause came.
For this week, and two weeks to follow, enjoy my all-time favorites courtesy of my wonderful and endlessly fascinating students! Continue reading