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14 November 2009 @ 02:33 am
That was a week that flew past way too quickly, and dragged on way too slowly, all at the same time, eesh. Proposal is done and in, presentation dates are signed up for, finance quiz is over and done, yada yada yada. Look how school wreaks havoc on your sense of time.

Speaking of which: so, had class today. Now, while it's billed as a 3-hour class, it never actually goes for three hours... just as well, since traveling home by bus is an hour long... and most of that hour is of the standing-and-waiting-for-the-bus-on-cold-dark-creepy-street-corners variety. Anyway, it also makes the class seem very not worthwhile to go to, since today's lasted about an hour and fifteen.

I spent it wanting out, because in the midst of the teacher's discussion of the upcoming report that needs writing, he said these magical words:

"Use of American English will be considered typos."

(All right, so it's paraphrased slightly, I snapped to attention at about the time where he said "if you write c-o-l-o-r, that's a typo." And typos, I shall also add, are worth -5% per infraction.)

When I asked him to double-check this statement (because seriously? SERIOUSLY???) he continued on with "obviously! I don't want to read American! I'm not American! I don't believe in dropping bombs on stuff and playing wit--whatever, the point is this is Canada and a lot of businesses are touchy about that and you wouldn't see the newspapers using it."

And all I can think of is... are you a fucking idiot? You know, all discrimination aside, how the hell are you in fucking business?

Because I'm pretty sure in Canada, our English accepts both British and American, and is a really weird, awkward mishmash of both. And both are acceptable, so long as it remains consistent throughout the document. Not to mention, I'm pretty sure American English is internationally accepted as the language of business. *huff*

Anyway. All this? Madness. If he dares take off marks for such "typos" on my work... ~_~
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
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Stephaniemirroredsakura on November 14th, 2009 08:21 am (UTC)
Pretty much. So far he hasn't taken any marks off of my papers for American spelling which is why I haven't yet ripped him a new one. But if he does...

Pff, really, it's not like his ppt slides aren't written with American spelling. I'd accuse him of hypocrisy except I don't think he makes his own slides.
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Stephaniemirroredsakura on November 14th, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
I know. I'm taking bets with myself between new-found bitterness and sheer asshattery.
(Anonymous) on November 14th, 2009 06:52 pm (UTC)
So now are you going to try and get him fired? It's not like schools are in a hiring phase so you wont have to worry about him being employed again any time soon for the most part.

A couple of points...
[1] Tell him you do you all your reports in TeX and that you just wanted to confirm that the ISO 639-2 language code to assign to the dictionary is "eng" - cuz the other option is "enm" but I get the feeling he's not fluent in 12th-14th Century English

[2] Ask him if British English will be marked as typos - after all, we live in Canada, and we should be using Canadian English.

[3] Make copious use of tyre, kerb, dépanneur, lorry, cashpoint, aluminium, gaol and pogey. After all, those are Britsh/Canadian English terms.

[4] Correct him and tell him we live in America. So we should use America-esque English (not to be confused with American English).

[5] While on this retarded bent of Canadianism, write something about the Premier of Ontario pre-1970 -- when the official title of office was still 'Prime Minister'. Use of subscripts is entirely optional and makes for a totally new level of jackassism.

[6] As this is a business course, you can write about protectionism. If you take the stance that protectionism is bad, statements like "While on the whole, Canada's foreign and economic policies favor tolerance, acceptance, free trade and eliminating protectionism, these elements are constantly being underminded by certain socio-cultural mindsets. After all, protectionism is a mindset borne of retaliation and as such, if we, as a nation, wish to reduce protectionism against us, we need to take all [reasonable] courses of action to prevent retaliation. National sentiments like "buy domestic [automobiles] unless you want your jobs to go overseas" - which is misinformed as oftencase, the foreign automobiles are designed and/or manufactured and/or assembled in the domestic market" and "we don't want American English because we live in Canada and don't want to see that". This just bordered on lunacy -- if we, as a nation, are getting all riled up over nonexistant microlanguages (with respect to ISO recognized languages, as per ISO639-2), can we even begin to imagine if other nations stooped began to adopt similar national sentiments. Recall, it's these sentiments that, over time, become policy. Of course, if you take the stance, that protectionism is good, then something along the lines of "Protectionism protects Canadian jobs and the Canadian way of living and the Canadian way of thinking. Our foreign and economic policies can, for now, address tangible imports. For example, the billions of (Canadian) dollars woth goods that cross our borders every year. These goods have been taxed, tarrifed and quotaed already - but what about the intangible goods? What about television shows? In the spirit of boosting the Canadian television and filmmaking industry, perhaps we should apply high tarrifs to all foreign films and shows. Or even language? The rest of Canada could take a page from the Parti Québécois and enforce restrictions on the use of non-Canadian English. At the very least, the revenue from the fines exacted on violaters will help towards reducing our debt and to further combat these foreign attempts to undermine Canadian culture and heritage.
(Anonymous) on November 14th, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
[7] Depending on how extensive his course notes are, you can write your entire essay from 3-5 word snapshots taken from all across his coursenotes. From what I hear, he uses non-Canadian English. When he docks you marks for typos, you go to the Dean or the Academic Chair and complain about the 'quality of teaching' -- all his notes are covered with typos.

[8] Mention to him that, because of this unfortunate recession we see lots of articles in Canadian newspapers talking about unemployment insurance -- but none talking about pogey. Or if you was as slightly more common example, rebut his comment that Canadian newspapers use Canadian English (i'll even let the period between 1900 and 1998 where they used predominantly "American English", slide), rebut by asking him to explain his comments in light of the use of the word "counterclockwise" -- when the Canadian (or British if he wishes to hide behind that) term is "anticlockwise". As a concrete example, http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/technology/article672331.ece

[9] You can always lodge a formal complaint about how your marketing class has become a propaganda class and/or on the competance of the instructor. If you baited him, this could easily go to the Ethics/HumanRights officer.

[10] You can be a jerk and try and pull up his marks from school and ask questions "Just curious, 5% docked per question -- just like on that paper you wrote in first year were you only got a 76? Or did you have a different source of inspiration?"

Sephiroth: say wut?silvergeneral on November 14th, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
/rp journal because hoshit i was in the middle of something
A couple points? A couple????

I don't know how much of 6) I got through before I just started seeing a herd of teal deer running past. @.@

But, until he actually docks marks for something so dumb, I'm not going to do anything of the sort. I try not to make a habit of collecting people angry enough at me to shank me in the street. :(