Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Awful Ethos

Doing a research-related search on ethos, I came across this page devoted to Awful Ethos: really bad mistakes students have made in papers. My favorite:

(8) The Middle Ages came next, and King Alfred conquered the Dames. King Arthur lived in the age of shivery. King Harold mustarded his troops before the Battle of Hastings. Victims of the blue-bonnet plague grew boobs on their necks.


(16) Handel was a famous composer. He was half German, half Italian, and half English. He was very large.

The page's author sums these choice examples up neatly:

"The Moral of the Story: Dew Knot Trussed Yore Spell-chequer! At least not if you want strong ethos as a knowledgeable writer."

- posted by laurie @ 4/20/2005 04:20:00 PM
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