Date: Sun, 8 Oct 1995 15:56:47 -0700 From: Sylvia Swift Subject: student mondegreens/malapropisms; "fun" On Sun, 8 Oct 1995, Merri Lisa Johnson wrote: > One of my students wrote this phrase in an essay: "a once and a lifetime > chance." i quit writing down my students' bizarre expressions some time ago; i was afraid they might grow into some monstrous _life reeked with joy II_ project and/or be perceived as mere dissing of gen-xers. but here is my favorite essay-ending example from a few years ago: In conclusion, Helga Crane's sensitivity towards her skin color was not appeased no matter where she went; she felt very subconscious about herself, and society worsened the situation by intensifying her difference compared to them. the same day, Natalie Maynor wrote: > I thought we were simply having fun. And occasionally, out of some of the > "fun" type discussion, somebody might discover something useful of course. i agree. i think of ads-l as infotainment. in between "useful" posts, i can reminisce about the goo-goo bars and eyes (not burners) of my youth, note that the sign in the window across the street ("pre-fix dinner, $24.95") is part of a larger trend, be astounded that there is a guy in utah who doesn't (didn't) know what cunnilingus means, learn new words for sidewalk, etc. terry irons' comments remind me of the recent post on linguist-l (for those of you who read more than the job listings: self-censorship; cheating)--there do seem to be a lot of people who would rather post a query than open a book. but i'm (so far) not bothered by such "lazy" postings. i don't browse through DARE for fun, but i do have fun thinking about what i know about pop/soda/tonic/col' drink/cocola while following a thread. i would imagine that some of the postings i find useful are fun for others, and vice versa. sylvia swift madonna[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]