English in America: Life has too much realism

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English in America: Life has too much realism

Postby Timabee » 10 Jul 2012, 20:37

For all the English teachers fighting the good fight....you are not alone. Excerpts from a quite funny article in today's (July 10, 2012) Wall Street Journal by James E. Couter (a retired teacher/professor from Western Illinois University - Macomb, ILL (USA)

- A student reported that he was unable to get into the "proper frame of mime".
- One reported trouble with the law as he had been charged with a "mister meaners"
- Another admitted that he had offered a "poultry excuse"
- One young man admitted he was not smart enough to attend an "Ivory League" school (some truth in that one!)
- And a young woman lamented having become pregnant on that "fetal night" (out of the mouths of babes!)

There are more - funny and sad at the same time.

I'll demonstrate my own ignorance - one of the quotes referred "Taco Bell's Canon" in connection to music studies. This reference went right over my head. Anyone recognize the reference?
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Re: English in America: Life has too much realism

Postby sandman » 10 Jul 2012, 21:07

Johann Pachelbel's Canon in D.
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Re: English in America: Life has too much realism

Postby Timabee » 11 Jul 2012, 01:16

Many thanks for the info. learn somthing everday!
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Re: English in America: Life has too much realism

Postby ehophi » 12 Jul 2012, 10:43

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