Irritating

This is kind of a non sequitur…but then again isn’t everything on a blog?

One of the things I make a concerted effort to do, is to make a list, mental or otherwise, of actions or habits I like or dislike about people in my profession. I then try to make sure that I either add these things to my professional repertoire now or at a future date, or make sure that I never do the things that have so irritated me.

Something that transpired with a professor last week has irritated me so immensely that I have to blog about it (It wasn’t you Dr. Womack. Or you Dr. Lyons.).

On my mental list is this: When I have to write up a syllabus I will make sure that I adhere to my own rules. I.E. If I make a stipulation to follow the stylistic conventions, of say, the Modern Language Association, I will make sure that I don’t grade negatively against conventions in the current edition that I just don’t happen to agree with (Or was unaware of). Or if I do wish to maintain conventions the current edition has deemed obsolete, I will note that in the syllabus so the student will be aware of my ridiculous idiosyncrasies.

Or to be blunt: I will be aware of changes in the current stylistic manual. If I am unaware of something that has changed I will readily admit that fact and not give the student that brings it to my attention a completely bullshit answer.

And now for something completely different…

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Ooo do tell what the stylistic difference is… I am still using my freshman comp edition.

  2. Mark A. says:

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  3. Mark A. says:

    Because it is increasingly common for papers and manuscripts to be prepared with a single space after all concluding punctuation marks, this spacing is shown in this handbook. As a practical matter, however, there is nothing wrong with using two spaces after concluding punctuation marks unless AN INSTRUCTOR REQUESTS THAT YOU DO OTHERWISE[Emphasis mine]” (94).
    MLA 6th ed.

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