These diarists aren’t Anne Frank

I swear that if you took the Oxford English Dictionary, detonated a stick of dynamite in it and then stuck the pieces back together randomly you’d get something that vaguely resembles the sort of diary entries that my students have written. Reading the diaries is like reading normal English text except that it’s been written backwards, and I read it while hanging suspended from the ceiling, upside-down. I feel like the gestapo in some way, correcting their sentence constuction. Maybe I’m just a grammar Nazi.

Some entries are okay, but some are making me feel the urge to throw myself on my pen, or maybe the student who wrote it.

The diary of Anne Frank
Anne Frank

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