THE unveils submissions to annual "exam howlers" competition

July 19, 2012

Yesterday Times Higher Education reported on some of the entries sent to its annual "exam howlers" contest, in which professors submit comical malapropisms found in students' work. "In 1945 Stalin began to build a buffet zone in Eastern Europe," reads one entry. A medievalist was amused by one student's insistence that in the Middle Ages "most books were written on valium" rather than on vellum. Academic referencing was taken to a new level in an entry from the University of Southampton, where a student introduced a quotation from a secondary source with: "As Ibid says." Times Higher Education