September 27, 2008

Things That Make Andrew Feel Old, #19935

This week, in the freshman writing class that I teach, I was having one of my students read out a passage from a book so that we might better discuss it as a class. It was a personal essay by a writer who was lamenting his typewriter's usurpation by a word processor, and the student read thus:

"I feel forever confused by RAM, DOC, and . . . duh— . . . does . . . ? Dose . . .?"

Barely able to contain my sobs, I looked up from my own book and quietly corrected her:

"It's pronounced DOS."

And she just shrugged her shoulders and continued.

See also: Fonz (pt. 1); Back to the Future; Fonz (pt. 2).

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