Thursday, March 31, 2005

Human Beans

If there's one thing that never fails to amuse me, it's the fact that even the most seemingly boring of Oxford pamphlets are never entirely serious*. You should see the Examiner's Reports, at the times when they're not truly terrifying they're absolutely hilarious for the sheer acidity of whoever wrote them. Reading the Schools** Edition of the English Undergraduate Handbook I found yet another case in point:

"Remember that examiners are human beings: your answers should be relevant, legible, and, if humanly possible, interesting.

Who says sarcasm is the lowest form of wit?

*And as someone who was banned from writing the minutes of the Oxford University Drama Society because of asides, this is saying something.

**Not Schools as in high, but Schools as in examination.

1 comment:

Nik said...

one could argue that if the texts were interesting, then the answers would be too...

love someone who hasn't started revising yet. xxx