Thursday, February 9, 2017

So.....

On Friday, I took my first exam in my Grammar and Style for Technical Communicators course. On Saturday, I found out I failed it with a 69.5. Me, the Grammar Nazi. By the way, that was a sentence fragment, frowned upon by the literati. I've never failed a test in my life, especially not an English test. I was devastated. My world was literally rocked. I know how to speak properly. I know I write semi-literate sentences. But I failed a fucking grammar test.

I've been hitting the books hard, re-reading the last assignment plus reading the material for the next test. I've got eight days to get my shit together and perform adequately, or I'll be booted from the class. So this will be the last post for a while. Sorry, but my priorities have shifted slightly.

Oh, and I noticed a few days ago on wirecutter's blog, y'all were discussing pomegranates. There's an easy way to deal with those suckers. You're welcome.


27 comments:

Elizabeth said...

You will do very well. Everybody gets a glitch occasionally, this was yours. Have fun and good luck.

Stan_qaz said...

Good to hear from you, hope you survive the grammar police.

wirecutter said...

Well, at least you updated your blog so we don't have to look at that ugly-ass Nancy Pelosi when we check in. I was getting tired of that shit.

See? Perfect English and grammar. I can give lessons if you want.

Pops said...

"On Saturday, I found out I failed it with a 69.5. Me, the Grammar Nazi."

Try this: On Saturday, I found out I failed it with a 69.5 - me, the Grammar Nazi.

Luve you're blog; buy the way¿

stevierayv said...

Get you're shit together or your gonna be in trouble:)

Cederq said...

Some of us was starting to worry, I was about to shoot a quick email to WC to see if ya was still sucking air or went psycho girl on us...

rick c said...

Get to it Angel.A 69.5? Damn I used to feel good if I scored that high. We'll be here when you get back.

Anonymous said...

Remember Churchill's quote, "when going through Hell, keep going".

BW Bandy said...

I have faith.

pigpen51 said...

I knew you were having a life kind of moment, but still was worrying about you. But your life is first, we come a very distant 4th or 5th. Take care of what you need to, and come back when you can. And never forget, a nice bourbon break when it is needed is always a good idea.

East Of The Pecos said...

Don't sweat it. Just a false start. You got this!

Do what ya gotta do, we'll wait....

Ogrrre said...

Remember, Angel, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which they will not put.

Anonymous said...

Churchill had a famous speech with only 3 words, repeated 3 times......."NEVER GIVE UP....NEVER GIVE UP....NEVER GIVE UP!!!"


we are with you all the way, Wise Angel One....


vaquero viejo

Anonymous said...

GOOD LUCK!

"FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION" (APOLLO 13)

Wildflower

KnottaRobot said...

Look no further than The Dude for sound advice:
"Fortunately I've been adhering to a pretty strict drug regimen to keep my mind, you know, limber."

Anonymous said...

Thanks Angel for the video. Now go kick some ass on that retake exam.

loaded4bear said...

On one of my first English tests in college, I got smoked by an entire contingent of foreign students. I don't mean a couple of points, either. It was a wake up call and I finished strong.

I'm sure you'll have the same results. Go get 'em, tiger.

C. S. P. Schofield said...

My prefered method for dealing with Pomegranates has always been;

Take pomegranate firmly in right hand. Place in nearest organic waste container. Go find something edible.

Brad said...

Praying for you...

MartinFromGermany said...

This is incredible! I see only one possible solution to this incident: the test must have been wrong!
Wishing you all the best ... and praying for you.

Critter said...

Hit those books, sweety pie. I have every confidence in you.

Anonymous said...

This has nothing to do with your grammar/English testing (you'll do well I am sure) but totally off subject: your brisket receipt you publish (when? a year ago?) is a big hit here - when we fix them (weekends usually) people show up if they know we are cooking ..... just saying - sometimes the smallest things make the biggest difference.
Thanks for what you do .. and best of luck.
Worker

Angel eyes said...

Go team Leslie. We're rooting for you all the way from California!

Anonymous said...

Angel, having experienced similar problems, I think MartinFromGermany got it right -- the problem is with the test. By design. I mean it -- BY DESIGN.

Having recently been back in school, I learned that the teachers do this ON PURPOSE. They WANT to see failures near the beginning, the sick fuckers consider it a valid pedagogical method.

The solution is easy. Recognize that they DON'T want you to do things the RIGHT way, they want you to do things THEIR way. Spit their stuff back at them on the tests, then graduate and go back to doing things your own way.

You are right and they are wrong but that's how the game is played. Go get 'em!!!

KnottaRobot said...

Reeding are comment's have tooken it's tole.

Anonymous said...

Good luck. We'll be still here when you get back.... ok we may run amok while your gone but we'll still be here.

Exile1981

rickn8or said...

"You will do very well. Everybody gets a glitch occasionally, this was yours."

Yes. Stevie Ray Vaughan missed a note here and there, but is considered to be a fair-to-middlin' guitar picker.

"The solution is easy. Recognize that they DON'T want you to do things the RIGHT way, they want you to do things THEIR way. Spit their stuff back at them on the tests, then graduate and go back to doing things your own way."

Yes again. It's the method Wirecutter and I use, especially the "write your own way and fuck 'em". One of the comforts of old age is knowing you'll never again have to write a resume, fill out a job application or write a five-paragraph theme for a grade.