Why did I laugh?

Some teachers I knew once taught in a school that required its secondary teachers to teach students about sexual harassment. To fulfill that obligation, one teacher gave students some reading to do at home and then gave them a short answer test. I was privileged to read some of the students’ responses to the test.

Asked to define sexual harassment, one student wrote, “sexual hairassment is unwanted sexual jesters or sex inurwindow.”

The teacher who showed me the test responses couldn’t understand why I laughed.

I hope you will understand and laugh, too.

©2022 Linda Gorton Aragoni

More student bloopers

To give everyone a break from bad news and bad weather, here are three more bloopers from college students’ papers.

I always thought that if someone killed and killed and had no couscous they should get the death penalty.

Anonymous student

One can’t help wondering what the appropriate penalty would be for killers who have couscous.

This next item is from an explanation of the organizational structure of the company for which the student worked.

Below the board of Dictators our company branches out into divisions where there is a President and one of more Vice Presidents. . . . Their goals are set each day with the satisfaction of knowing that they are satisfying their customers by demanding excellence in the process of making an intolerable product.

Another anonymous student

It doesn’t take much to satisfy some people.

The next quotation is self-explanatory.

In a place of business, writing effectively means coming to a clear and concise point in as few words as possible in order to prevent wordiness.

A third anonymous student

I hope those quotes brighten your day.

Linda Gorton Aragoni