THE reveals submissions to annual "exam howlers" contest

July 28, 2011

Yesterday Times Higher Education reported on a few of the entries sent to its annual "exam howlers" competition, in which professors submit comical malapropisms found in students' work. For example, one student at the University of Edinburgh simplified a subject by writing about it "in Lehman's terms" ("layman's terms" was the intention). At the University of Southampton, a microbiology professor was party to the statement that "mucus is a vicious, thick substance." Upon reading the statement that "American power is based on superheroes," a lecturer in human geography at University College London laments that he "clearly need(s) to teach this material better." Times Higher Education