I am not human. I take grammatical and syntactic errors as personal assaults. I'm in a rage as I read my honor's student's paper. I've read the chapters through several times. But errors, horrendous, world-destroying unbearable errors, remain. Why, why, why is she unable to use the appropriate preposition? Why, why, why must she begin so many, many sentences with "However," "Therefore," and "It is." Why, why, why can she never follow up 'one' with 'one' but instead bogs down in a pronoun extravaganza of he's, she's, it's, and their's? Why does she use the word individual when I have excised it from many a draft? Why do paragraphs and sentences follow one another willy-nilly, with no rhyme or reason or prioritizing, sequentializing, logic? Why can't she ever use a semi-colon correctly? Why after I've gone over and over the chapters already and this is now the penultimate draft?
I want to scream and yell and heap profanity and abuses upon her. I can't be nasty enough to express my furious rage. I want every line of my corrections to overflow with expletives. I doubt I even know profanity adequate to the task of giving voice to my seething fury.
And, the thing is, the paper is actually pretty good. It has an independent argument that is developed and sustained through readings of some pretty challenging texts.