In Clovis, New Mexico, police rapidly responded to a developing situation involving the potential for great violence at Marshall Junior High School. Armed officers were on the roof and in the halls, nearby streets were closed, and the school was locked down after a student was spotted with an unknown object about 30 inches in length and wrapped in some kind of alumninum-looking packaging. After two hours, the questionable object was discovered and the packaging removed. What was inside? Steak, guacamole, lettuce, salsa, and jalapenos – a gigantic burrito that an eighth grader had brought to school that day.
Our weekend was uneventful – work and school stuff interspersed with some relaxation with Keri. Actually had one of those dangerous oblong food items – a burrito – though it wasn’t as big.
Some grammatical errors that are distressingly common even in Master’s level papers:
* Putting an apostrophe in plural nouns, e.g. “Buddhist’s practice meditation…” Why is that a common error?
* Comma splices – few students seem to know how to use a comma properly.
* Tense agreement – using present and past tense in the same sentence. Also mixing singular and plural as in, “The believer’s success in molding their life…”
* Unclear use of “this.” The word “This” should always be followed by a noun. “This is becoming a pet peeve.” Nope. “This error is becoming a pet peeve.” Good writing, at least in academic papers, should strive for precision and clarity.