Thursday, December 12, 2013

Shit my students don't write

Let me preface this by saying that my students don't write this shit; every word leaving their Broca's areas and inferior parietal lobules shines jewel-like in brilliance and clarity.*
That said, it is finals thus time to keep track of Shit my Students Write. Like this gem:

The best policy

It’s best to be honest. If you wrong someone, you don’t go out of your way and plot to have them killed.
Are these two sentences connected? Is the author glossing what counts as being honest---i.e. not killing those we have wronged? Or are they two disconnected items on a list of goodmaking properties of policies? Or is the first sentence meant to disarm the reader into agreement with the second?

*This is not a lie in the sense that it would be true if the facts were different.

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