"Love follows knowledge."
"Beauty above all beauty!"
– St. Catherine of Siena

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Notable Quote: Unknown English Professor

I remember in my first semester in college submitting an essay in an English Literature class. It came back with red professor markings all over.  It was lit up like a Christmas tree.  I think every sentence had either a grammatical error or an awkward construction, and probably spelling errors too since it was before word processors and spell check.  I asked the Professor afterward if this was really bad, and he said, “Ah, it's about typical freshman.” LOL.

In high school I wasn’t a great writer, but I wasn’t bad.  In retrospect I realized I had a natural ability to write, but I was never really taught grammar well (the teaching methods of the 1970s were horrible), and I have to admit I didn’t push myself to do so.  I certainly pushed myself in the sciences and math, but I kind of somewhat looked down on writing.  Somehow I still got good enough grades.  But when I made it to college, the acceptance criteria was upped a notch or two.  I wasn’t getting passed along.  In time I did learn to write, and hopefully I write a lot better than that freshman twit.

I really got a kick out of this quote I just came across:

I am returning this otherwise good typing paper to you because someone has printed gibberish all over it and put your name at the top.
               ~English Professor (Name Unknown), Ohio University
[Quote citation here.]


  1. I too thought I wrote well in high school. I still love to write anyway, and especially to read good writing. It is like eating a delicious dessert -- it just goes down so easily! :)

    1. That's a great way to put it. Great writing just knocks me off my feet. ;)

  2. Do you remember typing paper?! Shows my age, huh. I guess they email their assignments in now?

    1. Do they really email now? I think my first college paper was on a mechanical typewriter. Or maybe that was still high school, I can't remember now. It was a thrill to go to an electric typwriter at one point. Well somethings have gotten better. Word processing is a great invention. I remember trying to correct with white out. What a disaster.