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"Still lie the sheltering snows, undimmed and white;
And reigns the winter's pregnant silence still;
No sign of spring, save that the catkins fill,
And willow stems grow daily red and bright.
These are days when ancients held a rite
Of expiation for the old year's ill,
And prayer to purify the new year's will."
Helen Hunt Jackson, A Calendar of Sonnet's: February
Learn English in February

Academia obscura

XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,064 ✭✭✭✭✭
Funny stuff about academic life, @science24:


"Dear Sir, Madame, or Other:
Enclosed is our latest version of Ms # 85-02-22-RRRRR, that is, the re-re-re-revised revision of our paper. Choke on it. We have again rewritten the entire manuscript from start to finish. We even changed the goddamn running head! Hopefully we have suffered enough by now to satisfy even you and your bloodthirsty reviewers."


  • science24science24 Posts: 989 ✭✭✭✭✭
    LOL @Xanthippe , the main ideas of the website have to be officially published to make academics more proud of being in academia ;)
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,064 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Besides, I have learnt something very useful today, @science24. There was an English book club session.

    Imagine, you are giving a paper at a conference and somebody asks you a question. Why not to answer:

    "I dono. I dono."

    If a colleague is still in doubt:

    "Excuse me, I am just reading 'Adventures of Tom Sawyer'.

    “You see,” said Tom, “people don’t go much on hermits, nowadays, like they used to in old times, but a pirate’s always respected. And a hermit’s got to sleep on the hardest place he can find, and put sackcloth and ashes on his head, and stand out in the rain, and—”

    “What does he put sackcloth and ashes on his head for?” inquired Huck.

    “I dono. But they’ve got to do it. Hermits always do. You’d have to do that if you was a hermit.”

    “Dern’d if I would,” said Huck.

  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 41,872 ✭✭✭✭
    This might be of interest to you @Xanthippe. Why did English become the language of science?

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