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The life of the, like, mind or something

I just read this in a student essay I'm grading:

These young adults are not lazy; they just do not put their energy into the more “boring” things, such as reading, writing, and taking notes.

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nodressrehersal
Nov. 4th, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
Omf'ingG...tell me that was sarcasm.
patrick_vecchio
Nov. 4th, 2011 07:40 pm (UTC)
The essay contains no signs that the sentence is sarcastic or ironic.
nodressrehersal
Nov. 4th, 2011 08:07 pm (UTC)
*off to weep for the future of all humanity*
vivitalia
Nov. 4th, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC)
Oh my. That's. . . that's horrifying. Bet he or she can't justify the use of that oxford comma, either. Too boring.
patrick_vecchio
Nov. 4th, 2011 10:00 pm (UTC)
We all know oxford commas are imported from, like, England or something.

I'm thinking of sending that line to Mike Judge so he can use it in his Beavis & Butthead revival.
cougarfang
Nov. 4th, 2011 10:06 pm (UTC)
Sounds like it belongs on Shit My Students Write XD
patrick_vecchio
Nov. 4th, 2011 10:41 pm (UTC)
That site is a howler! It's dangerous, though: I almost spewed Diet Pepsi all over my computer when I read the one with the misspelled "cologne."
cougarfang
Nov. 4th, 2011 11:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the one that got me was the one about Buddha defecating XD

Although this one definitely sounds like something that I might've encountered during my days TA-ing the junior-level biology lab classes at JHU and grading the resulting lab reports. "Conclusion section? I'll give 'em a conclusion section! I'll show 'em! I'll show 'em all!!" (at 6 A.M. of the day the report is due, in the bowels of the university library after fifteen double-shots of espresso)
nodressrehersal
Nov. 5th, 2011 04:20 pm (UTC)
We can only hope that was a misspelling.
tanadariel
Nov. 5th, 2011 09:16 pm (UTC)
This is probably the best site I could have visited before siting down to grade a batch of papers.
patrick_vecchio
Nov. 6th, 2011 02:03 am (UTC)
It's impossible to make up stuff like that.
sahlah
Nov. 5th, 2011 12:07 am (UTC)
OMG. Well, like teachers don't want to put that much energy into "stupid" things either, such as reports, assignments and student papers.

How do you keep from writing FAIL across the top?
patrick_vecchio
Nov. 5th, 2011 01:16 am (UTC)
Oh, I was tempted to write considerably more than that.
cam_1089
Nov. 7th, 2011 05:48 am (UTC)
Hey, hey, hey. Call him lazy if you wish, but he did NOT use a single contraction. He spelled out "are not" and "do not" like an upstanding citizen.
patrick_vecchio
Nov. 7th, 2011 11:57 am (UTC)
I hadn't—oops, had not—thought of it that way.
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