When I was at university, I went through a phase of using ellipsis quite excessively. This was not a great time for developing quirky grammar habits as it was my final year – the year of the… dissertation.
Now, I don’t know how dissertations work where you are in the world but here, you basically get assigned a tutor whom you are in regular contact with for the next six months for purposes of the dissertation.
My tutor, was… a grammar Hitler shall we say. She was just one of those people who will smile and be stern as hell all at the same time thus negating the reassuring smile.
When I used to email her (frequently) I used to end some sentences in ellipsis. I think this was my idea of ‘thinking out loud.’ I honestly thought NOTHING of it until I got a very angry email saying, ‘I really am not sure what you mean by your constant use of ellipsis.’
If that wasn’t embarassing enough two minutes later she sent a chain email to ALL her tutees (is that a word?) – there were around nine of us. It was a firmly worded message that said something along the lines of; you should all start writing emails in a manner fitting for students of your calibre. She went on a tangent about other things that I had discussed with her in private emails.
The salt on the wound was when she wrote; this email is not aimed at anyone in particular. I was like really? You’re gonna sit there and lie that I wasn’t the muse for this shredding of self esteem article…
Needless to say… I cried a lot that night. I just never wanted to see her again. Especially when I would hear my friends’ stories about their tutors who send them smiley faces in their emails and invite them for tea in their office. I had tutor envy!
I still don’t know whether to dislike the woman for making my last year a temporary hell or like her for being an (extremely tiny) inspiration for me to write and let people read what I write, because she was published, like everywhere.
There you have it. I bet you have never heard of grammar making anyone cry huh…
P.s. all the ellipses used in this post were done purely for the purposes of revenge and not because I am bad at grammar. Thank you…
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “By the Dots.”