Wow! I especially love the: "my daughter had to ..." quote. That as my favourite. People really are that ignorant to 1. decide their opinion is important enough to warrant going on Amazon (for a book they haven't read no less!) and 2. that their review should be so uninformed as to have errors that even I (who admittedly dislikes the Romantic/19th C) would not have made.
Ancient English --- bahahahahaha -- try Chaucer dears!
I really think the history and development of the English language should be taught in high school. it'd take, like, one class to give a decent brief overview.
The fact that a Victorian novel whose language is 99% the same as the language we have today is called "ancient" makes me fear for the degrading reading abilities of society. 'Cause, you know, illiteracy is the normal thing, historically. Widespread literacy is a new thing, but I'd like it to stick around!
Michael Collins, look at my journal. I compel you!
this is too funny for life. in my mind, i have assigned your LJ a little voice. I have no idea if it matches your real one (it quasi-does, from what i remember) But hearing that voice reading this with sarcastic rage and mockery made me squit orange juice through my nose.
kjdxhkds I wonder what that lj-voice sounds like!
blah blah blah IM A HIGH SKOOL STUDENT WHO HAD TO READ WUTHERING HEIGHTS. ITS SERIOUSLY LIKE THE WORST BOOK IN THE WORLD, ITS SOOoooOOO BORING. I HAD TO CONSENTRAIT TO HARD TO UNDERSTAND THE ANCIENT ENGLISH EMILY BRONTE USED LOL. THIS BOOK SUX!
Is this what I have to look forward to when I start teaching???
2006-05-29 03:32 pm (UTC)
for the most part yes, students that are actually interested in the books they are FORCED to read in high school are very few and far between...it's the teachers job to try to get the rest of the students to be interested
are you currently an Ed student? at MUN?
I have been meaning to hook you guys up. Cheryl will be starting ED at MUN in the fall and I think your experiences would be interesting and useful to her!
2006-05-30 06:44 pm (UTC)
no and no
I'm confused. Are you answering this question for me? If so, why?
hee hee. i like your reviews of reviews. asjhdajsdha
It is meta! Things that are meta are by default good!
ahahaha ... Ancient English. I am constantly getting this. Even from Education majors. Shakespeare is Old English, don't you know? I guess that means George Orwell is Middle English.
It's ancient because it has long sentences, semi-colons, and a word that has fallen out of use once or twice a chapter. Oh noes!
I want to lock those people in a room with an untranslated copy of Beowulf and a CCTV camera for my own amusement.
You should review reviews for the Rag. It wouldn't let you lie as often, but you'd probably really enjoy it.
Ah, yes, that is a fantgastic idea, but I don't know about the legalities of it. I think that amazon.com owns the copyright of all those reviews!
True. Maybe you could find longer reviews elsewhere (there must be lots kicking around the blogosphere), and just excerpt the funnier bits under fair use.