Add junk professors and armature scientists

October 6, 2007 at 5:16 pm | Posted in Children, Professors, Scientists, Spelling, Students | Leave a comment

This week at school, you-know-who made one spelling slip, the first one in this entire calendar year so far—and it is that one that often trips up many adults too:

proFeSSor

not proFFeSor

Ah well. Then came the question,

“What’s an add junk professor, anyway?”

Hmmm … do you mean adjunct? That’s a professor with connections, like Bjørn Lomborg, who is cøøl on global warming.

“Is he an armature scientist?”

Not really, unless we define armature as a form of wealth protection (for which he’s a determined advocate) and we class an economist as a scientist (which I find hard to swallow). On top of that, it does appear some people pronounce armature, armchair, and amateur in similar indistinct ways that old-fashioned voice recognition systems (like my ears and my brain) can’t handle😉

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