I should be ashamed of myself. I am currently experiencing schadenfreude. Yes, I am totally delighting in others’ misfortune. To make matters worse, I am delighting in the misfortune of my students. And to make matters even worse, I am delighting in their grammatical misfortunes.
I don’t typically delight in my students’ grammatical errors. That would be like Jillian Michaels delighting in weight gain or Tim Gunn delighting in awkward dress proportions.
But this error is awesome. In my six years of teaching this stuff, it’s the first time I have seen it. Not only that, it has already appeared in three different students’ essays. My friends, I may have discovered the newest in grammar error trends.
Are you ready? Here you go:
This conflict was due to a miss understanding.
The arguments made in the article were miss leading.
It was based on a miss interpretation of the material.
The reason I love this error so much is it reminds me of the Little Miss book series I loved as a child:
My students’ errors inspired me to think about creating a more adult Little Miss series.
For example, Little Miss Interpretation would be that one friend that always over analyzes everything. Little Miss Judgment would be the critical, bitchy one. Little Miss Taken would be the serial monogamist.
Who would you add to the adult Little Miss series?