I'm going to make this a quicky, since I have to give a presentation on Cavalier love poems tomorrow (SO exciting). Over the last couple of days I have been trying to compile in my head all of the insanely stupid things people say to or ask professors in the classes that I have been in over the years. I wanted to come up with a top five list, but for now, I will just give you the two that were said this last week, and then add more stupid things as they occur. Consider it your Stupid Things To Say live feed.
First. No matter what those heartbreakingly sweet professors and fourth grade teachers tell you, there is such a thing as a stupid question. Example: Never, oh never ask an English (or any other) professor this: "What is the point of reading (doing) this?"
The unfortunate student who asked this question in my Medieval Literature class got a verbal butt kicking from students and professor alike. Don't ask that question. Ever. It's stupid.
Second. If you ever find yourself being asked by an English professor what your thoughts were on a reading, never raise your hand and say, "Well, if you analyze it to death you could probably say anything about it." That's just so....wrong. Not to mention disrespectful to author and instructor alike. (Alright, I'm gonna simmer down now, I can see I got a little soap-boxy there)
Please feel free to share any stupid things you have heard or maybe even have said yourself. Whether the incident was in a classroom or not, I get sort of a kick out of this stuff.
And, as always, thank you for reading.