|"If they're REALLY too dumb to live, how are they HERE?"|
What I cannot make peace with is the idiomatic illiteracy (illidiocy?). Mind you, I'm not talking about the majority of my students, so maybe it's a little unfair to condemn "kids these days" for the stupidity of just a few, but even if most of my students aren't turning in these malapropisms, there's a steady stream of them, and not always from the same kids, leading me to believe that the problem is rather widespread. And I'm not just talking about classic and common confusions such as "baited breath" or "tow the line." Oh, no.
Examples? Oh, sure, why not. A smattering:
- There's the poor dear who found herself "in turn oil" over some conundrum.
- The kid who who was "at a lost," possibly over the same issue.
- One child proposed that she might "beg to defer." Though the imagination leapt, I am fairly sure this wasn't a come-on.
- Continuing in that theme, one student constructed an example involving one co-worker "making a past" at another. This wasn't a typo - it was repeated multiple times in the essay.
- And then there was the otherwise-stellar student who repeatedly found himself "at what's end."
Truly, I am at what's end.