class 10/13 Prof. Manning, English Grammar
"...and since you have an adjective in your pocket, throw it in there!"
while talking about our biases towards traditional grammar verses an in-depth analysis of word and phrase categories: "our biases are like our paper mache helmets; if you never go into battle, you'll never be disappointed."
explaining that obscure grammar exercises will never be used in real life: "it's like chin-ups. You never want to be in a situation in life that you have to do a chin-up - they are used only in exercise. In real life it means you're hanging off a cliff or something..."
as well as "you will never do the "downward dog" in real life. No....? OKAY that was just a joke for those people that do yoga." (I thought it was funny) :)
"HOW in the name of heaven and grammar can there be two specifiers in a row? It's just impossible!"
class 10/14 Prof. Christianson, American Literature
student: "did Emerson actually write poetry, or just write about it?"
professor: "yes, unfortunately."
...and that's just in two days... :)