Sometimes FB is hugely helpful. I just read there that English teachers teach 7th-graders that, in an essay, a thesis is a sentence with three topics in it.
This finally explains the greatest mystery of life for me. For years I’ve been clamoring to the skies, “Why, why is this happening to me?” And now I know.
Another pet peeve is a thesis that starts with an inane quote. Or a dictionary definition. Or a generalization about what “everybody feels.” But I already know that these are taught by the cruel teachers in high school who want to make me suffer.
I keep wondering what it is that they do at school. It’s not reading books or learning information, that’s for sure. But they’ve got to do something. Now I know, though. It’s how to write in a way that will torture the college professors in exquisite ways.