Thursday, October 20, 2011

Humpty Dumpty put to shame!

Remember the line from Through The Looking-Glass where Humpty Dumply insists that Alice do the complicated task of substracting 1 out of 365 on the piece of paper? In these lines, Carrol was supposed to have laughed at linguists' alleged helplessness in math. Well, could be true, judging by a college web site I browsed through the other day.  

Here's the "Perfect English Formula" that their English Department think will help them advertise themselves.  

Now, I don't know what does the square root have to do with it. But please note, that the "Enjoy" is in the denominator. Which means, for all you Humpty Dumpties out there, that the more you enjoy, the less you learn. And, vice versa, the less fun you're having in class, the more you're going to know. Enjoyment, in other words, impedes with the success of learning!

I have a weird feeling that it's exactly the opposite of what they were actually trying to say.

1 comment:

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