Monday, March 02, 2009


Why did I not realize that the witticism "A hard man is good to find" is sexual in nature until about an hour after I quoted it to a class?  I had envisioned a "hard man" being a tough, rugged fellow that drinks a lot.  And why did the students not just start laughing at me?  And why did I attribute this quote to Oscar Wilde, when apparently it was said by Mae West?

As my wife said, I've had quite a day.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, how I sympathize! Exactly and precisely the kind of thing I say. I have had difficulty with unwitting Spoonerisms. I have tried to talk myself out of "stone and tile" when discussing literature and found myself unable to get it right, while the students wax merry. And I have perpetrated--and perpetuated--the Sheets and Kelly of Romantic poetry.

    The older I get and the longer I have taught the more essential it is that I turn on the "redactor" in my mind.