Originally posted by midwinter
Oh, man. It it were only "it's" and what you've mentioned. I'm convinced of the following:
1) My students have a random preposition generator. "I will write over this subject by a number of aspects."
2) My students just use who/whom and me/myself however they feel like. "I'm the one whom revealed it's significance to myself."
I always kind of liked the sound of writing that is taking a blind stab at sounding "academic" (of course, I don't have to read it all the time nor dissuade its authors from their eccentric course).
"I will write over this subject by a number of aspects." Just so.
Midwinter, have you ever happened across the short story "Essay #3: Leda and the Swan"? I think it's in one of those "Best New American Voices" type anthologies.
It takes the form of a high school student trying and failing to respond to an essay question about the Yeats poem (and yet disconcertingly succeeding as she recapitulates the subject piece while recounting her seduction by her sisters boyfriend).
The author provides her with a hilariously syntactically challenged style that I think you would really enjoy.