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An academic's opinions on feminism, politics, literature, philosophy, teaching, academia, and a lot more.

Insanity

A student who spent the entire day arguing with me over email about whether the word “surrealism” is a synonym of the word “subconscious” just sent me an angry rant complaining that I don’t praise her for her effort.

I keep forgetting that I need to exclaim “Good job, sweetie!” whenever I see adults manage to use the potty successfully and tie their shoelaces.

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11 thoughts on “Insanity

  1. Roberto Severino on said:

    Must be a common trend going on with this latest generation growing up with all this willful ignorance. There’s a reason why Google and Dictionary.com exist!

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    • I sent the student quotes from dictionaries. But her argument was, “I heard this word used somewhere by somebody.” It is very hard to argue against the authority of somebody somewhere.

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  2. “I keep forgetting”

    But you remembed now! That’s the important thing. Good job sweetie!

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  3. I’ve had a lot of things in my surrealism recently. One is the possibility of imminent disaster, but that was from watching a documentary of the Japanese tsunami last night. I’m easily traumatised, so things fall into my surrealism like nobody’s business.

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    • and then after listening to a talking canary in my sleep, imparting words of wisdom about how my parents would never come back because they had been permanently removed as they were frail, a dove actually flew into my bedroom window this morning and remains standing there, stunned.

      “Is this all caused by my surrealism?” I hear you ponder.

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  4. Jonathan Mayhew on said:

    I also hate it when people say “surreal” to mean “unreal.”

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    • And imagine how it would sound in Spanish.

      She was not even using “surreal.” It was “surrealism”: “The protagonist of the novel hides in her surrealism from the unpleasant reality of life with her husband.”

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