March 01, 2004

I am grading blue books today. Such fun. I graded homework earlier, and I still have to do the second pass on the papers (otherwise the folks who got graded before lunch get a full letter grade lower than the folks who get graded after lunch.)

I started reading identifications. So far I have one that was just plain sad - a gamish of names and dates as every ruler and every conflict between 1500 and 1815 was thrown into a single identification. I won't reproduce that, I don't find those funny.

What I DID find funny was this:

Jean Jacques Rousseau was one of the most sexiest men of the enlightenment.

You can see what the student was trying to say, but it calls to mind those wonderful Spinal Tap distinctions about the fine lines between "sexy" and "sexist", between "clever" and "stupid."

Especially because nine out of ten women surveyed thought that JJR was not in the least bit sexy.(1) The tenth was his teenaged housekeeper, who he forced to sleep naked with him, but when he was tried for fornication outside of marriage because of how he treated his female help, JJR won the case by claiming that the prothesis he wore to treat his urinary tract problems made it impossible for him to have sexual relations. Now THATS sexy. Yep.

(1) Department of Unverifiable Statistics, Journal of Irreproducable Results, May, 1492.

Posted by Red Ted at March 1, 2004 08:24 AM | TrackBack


That's someone who got auto-corrected and didn't bother to read what Word decided the sentence should be. Maybe circle it, and make some comment like, "I think ____ is much sexier than Rousseau, but I can see why you'd think that, what with his prominent nose and strong jaw."

Posted by: Me. at March 1, 2004 10:29 AM

I dunno-maybe the student DID mean sexiest-I mean, after all-brains are hot.

Big time.

Posted by: Helen at March 2, 2004 04:00 AM
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