The Essay

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Tuesday, 3 July 2012

A college professor received a composition in which one of his students enthusiastically described his adventures in Venezuela, where he had worked the previous summer. One error kept appearing throughout the narrative: The student consistently misspelled the word burro as burrow.

Seizing the delicious opportunity, the professor wrote at the end of the essay, "I thoroughly enjoyed your enthusiastic narrative about your adventures in Venezuela and your love of its fauna. But it is apparent to me from your spelling that you do not know your ass from a hole in the ground."

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