the grammar nazi – luckily first impressions aren’t important

Posted on January 25, 2006. Filed under: Uncategorized |

In my fourth year of my undergrad degree in English Lit I had a modern literature class and on the very first day we were informed that we would lose 3% on each grammatical error we had in a paper up to a maximum of 12%. Now, to a class full of snobby Queen’s kids who are at the end of their time there, this seemed like t he end of the world. “Who the hell does he think he is?” we were thinking as we stared in shock. I believe that some jaws actually dropped open. He became known as the grammar nazi and everyone immediately disliked him; some even dropped his class the next day. For those of us who stuck in there and actually learned a thing or two about constructing sentences (something that you should learn in elementary school, not when you’re 22 years old), the lectures were really the most interesting and our class really did come up with some wonderful discussions. We even ended up nominating him for a teacher of the year award, which he won.

Anyway, I just went out for dinner with this professor now three years after graduation and it was such a nice time. I often feel a bit in over my head at the vast amounts of knowledge he has stored in his head, and the fact that we really don’t have anything but that one class and a few books we’ve both read in common, but it’s always a fascinating and interesting evening and I hope they continue on.

Not really a post that’s too interesting, I know, just something that I want to remember.

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Let’s see, 3 grammatical errors and one run-on sentence: 88% for you. 😉


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