Dishonorable And Dishonourable

| Toronto, ON, Canada | Learning | May 22, 2017

Kid: “Mrs. [Teacher], why did I get an ‘F?’ I worked really hard on this.”

Teacher: “[Kid].” *points to work on paper* “Spell this out loud for me.”

Kid: “H-O-N-O-R.”

(Some kids start laughing because they’ve caught onto his mistake.)

Teacher: “Uh-huh and when, in all your years in Canada, have you ever spelt honour that way?”

(The kid looks down embarrassed.)

Teacher: “Isn’t it convenient that you forget how to spell JUST as we get a new American student? [American Kid], how do YOU spell honour?”

American Kid: *jumps up from chair* “HE WAS SUPPOSED TO CHECK IT BEFORE SUBMITTING IT!”

(They were both sent to the principal and suspended.)

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  • denim

    Why were they suspended??

    • DragonEmpress

      Kid 1 copied off of Kid 2. That constituted cheating.

    • sackes

      Cheating.

      • denim

        oic.

    • Robert Newmyer

      He turned in the American students answers without fixing the spelling error. They were cheating.

      • Mike Agney

        Furthermore, the tipoff that they were cheating is that a Canadian kid, who’d presumably been spelling “honor” with the extra u for ages, suddenly spelled it American-fashion shortly after an American kid transferred in.

      • Harold George Wagner III

        It’s not an error, just a difference.

    • Conall Fallon

      Cheat-you know what, I think you know by now.

    • Celoptra

      its implied the American student “Did” the essay of the Canadian kid

  • Carrie

    That’s a super amusing way to bust a cheater. I’m just glad it wasn’t them getting busted for something as petty as spelling honor using the American spelling.

    • Novelista

      It’s not that hard even when you aren’t cheating. I’ve been known to indicate a foreign-born character in my books by telling word to alert me to British spellings. It might seem inconsistent to a reader who doesn’t realize what’s going on, but it works for me!

      (Which reminds me…I ought to do that for the book I’m working on…)

      • EffityJeffity

        That’s quite clever. So, say you’re writing in British English, and an American character comes along. All his dialogue is written with American spellings? Genius.

        • Novelista

          I write in American English, so I’m not going to remember “colour” and “tyre” and things like that unless I mark certain sections in British English. (Also takes care of the ugly red lines when I switch to Spanish or Dutch!)

    • Kneekicker

      Canada doesn’t even mind which English you use, so long as you stay consistent with the spelling of your words.

      So the story had to be about either a cheater or an ass teacher.

      • Carrie

        How refreshingly logica!

      • PatrickRsGhost

        Both the American and Canadian kids cheated. If you allow someone to cheat/copy off of your paper, you’re considered cheating as well.

        The American kid allowed the Canadian kid to copy off his paper, and it’s possible the American warned the Canadian to check his work, such as spelling, since he might have accidentally spelled some words in the American fashion (no “u” in words like “honor”, “color”, or “flavor”; ending words in “ize” instead of “ise” like “hypnotize” or “jeopardize” instead of “hypnotise” or “jeopardise”).

        • Miri Daisuke ManyNamed

          Alternatively, the American kid wrote the paper for the Canadian kid – since it seems like a long paper and not just a short assignment.

        • Keniko Duka

          I’m really glad you mentioned the ‘ise’ thing because my computer keeps correcting it and when I look it up in google it tries to do the same and I was seriously wondering if I was just being stubborn with my mistakes

        • Harold George Wagner III

          That seems hard to justify.

          As much as some people can assume the American kid “allowed” the cheating to happen, I question how exactly would he prevent it without inconveniencing himself?

          Really, it’s not my fault if an asshole uses my paper to cheat, it’s not as if I flaunted my paper towards him.

          • PatrickRsGhost

            You don’t have to cheat while attending the class in which you plan to cheat. The kids could have had more than one common class together, and perhaps were able to discuss the assignment mentioned above in that other class. Perhaps they did it during lunch, or rode the same school bus together and discussed the assignment there. Perhaps they chatted on the phone, or used e-mail or social media to discuss the assignment. The Canadian kid said he worked hard on it, which tells me it was a homework assignment, not a classwork assignment.

          • Harold George Wagner III

            You’re absolutely right, the American kid simply jumped up and said something completely different than “H-O-N-O-R” which would have answered the teacher’s question.

      • Leah

        obviously the teacher knew that student knows how to spell and suddenly his spelling changed in that particular assignment.

  • Jake

    Love reading these, but your site takes forever to load in Safari. Google Chrome is all right, but when I tried this morning not everything was accessible. Will try again. Anyways, I remember misspelling “recommend” for a spelling bee one time back in fifth grade or so. It pains me to see constant misspellings. Once or twice is okay, but that’s it. I won’t even go into the deplorable speller on an Apple-related website where I’m registered.

    • Flami

      Everything is accessible for me on Google Chrome.

    • jonoave

      Actually it seems to load much faster for me in Chrome now. It used to take a long time to load individual posts and comments before the new changes today.

    • Benny

      Even with Adblock installed in Chrome, this site loads much more quickly for me in Chrome than in Safari (and who the hell uses Safari, anyway?).

    • Rachel

      Personally, I don’t find misspelling to be annoying. I prefer content over format.

  • akalinus

    That is how you spell honor.

    • sackes

      It’s not a phone. And honour is spelled like that, except for in the US.

    • Celoptra

      not in Canada or Britian Honour is spelled with a “U” like in Colour and Favourite, and we have a different way of spelling Centre or Theatre

    • Yes, in America. The student was Canadian, and therefore spelling it without a U was suspicious, tipping off the teacher that they’d cheated off the new American transfer.

  • John Smith

    On behalf of the country of America I apologize.

    • Christine Wood

      Why?

  • Trinity Morningstar

    This is what happens when you spell things stupidly. The extraneous “u” serves zero purpose, as does “re” for words that end in “er”. Stop it.

    • Vieh Murphy

      “Spell things stupidly”…you mean in English? Like, as spelled in the country the language comes from? I mean, there are a great many extraneous letters in the English language, but if you’re just going to nitpick the ones Americans don’t use, that doesn’t make sense. Americans changing the spelling served zero purpose. But no, please, continue to lecture Commonwealth countries on the spelling of their language. English also uses “s” where Americans use “z” (and that letter is called “zed”), like in “recognise”, “authorise”, etc… I’ve never had a problem with Americans identifying the language they use as “American” because, really, they’re not wrong, but if you come to my country, we use English.

      • James Yakura

        wat ihz thi point ov spelihng thihngz nonfonetikly. it just maeks yor langwaj hardur tu lern.

        • Vieh Murphy

          I feel like there’s a lot of extraneous h’s in there. You almost perfected the language. 😉

        • Cafeeine

          Phonetic spelling would require a different spelling for every accent. Good luck having a normal conversation between a Scot, an Australian and a Bostonian.

      • Harold George Wagner III

        And so do we. Don’t act like your version is any better.

    • Kneekicker

      American English is and will always be just a dumbed-down variant of British English.

      • Harold George Wagner III

        If by dumbed-down, you mean it makes more sense, then yes.

        God, you British people are so goddamned pedantic. “Wah! Stupid Americans fucking with the English language!”

        Seriously, you make me want to vomit. Is it really that big of a deal?

        • Kneekicker

          I’m Canadian, you dip.

          America is so fucked up it’s not even worth the amusement anymore. One of the three countries in the world that still sticks with the antiquated Fahrenheit system and the only English speaking country who dilutes their own language to fuel their petty hatred of the British Empire. If misspelling words makes a new language, America would’ve adopted leetspeak as an official language by now.

          • Harold George Wagner III

            You’re Canadian? Then you should be saying sorry to me, dipshit.

            You and the rest of the assholes who get upset over people using slightly different spellings need to go fuck yourselves.

          • Kneekicker

            American English suffers the exact same purpose as Simplified Chinese; they’re degraded to compensate for the lower intelligence of their speakers, and they provide no meaningful purpose aside from allowing an entire nation to be special little snowflakes.

            America is practically a third world country by now.

          • Harold George Wagner III

            American English makes a lot more sense.

            I can easily conclude that you’re a fucking asshole though. No, America is not a third world, and no the language was not degraded to compensate for lower intelligence.

            Most Canadians I know are fine upstanding people.
            You are a pile of shit, you don’t belong in such a fine country. Perhaps move to North Korea or somewhere in the Middle East?

          • Kneekicker

            “Those mean old Brits will surely keel over once I’m done removing the letter U from nearly every word in their language!”

            Yeah, no. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ab8a89d69f459971b11c937aa6116fb4fdf8817d24645e39389bdc470343eb1b.jpg

          • Harold George Wagner III

            Yeah, you’re a fucking retard, I don’t know how else to explain your behavior. I’m fucking done with shitheads like you.

    • WonderRabbit

      American English is literally Webster making shit up because he wanted the United States to have its own language, and he was stupid enough to think that ‘misspelled’ is the same as ‘new language’.

      American English is the definition of ‘spelling things stupidly’

      • Harold George Wagner III

        No, it really isn’t. Many of the words are exactly the same, and a few eliminated unnecessary letters, like the U in ‘honour’

    • Leah

      Actually, this is evidence for the american spelling things stupidly considering that’s what gave them away.

      Also, I hope you realise you are the only country in the world that spells the way you do, and every other english speaking nation uses british english… so how about you stop it.

      • Harold George Wagner III

        How about you get over it, you don’t own the English language.

        • Leah

          Actually, considering Trinity Morningstar was the one to first start calling other people’s languages ‘stupid’, I think she’s the one who needs to get over it. I don’t care how americans spell things, but she was the one declaring other places need to ‘stop’ spelling the way they do because they’re ‘stupid’. I was just pointing out it’s just as easy to say those things about american english.

          • Harold George Wagner III

            I don’t care who started it, you kept it going.

    • Bethany Lieflijk

      “We changed the language, by the way. Stop being a stupidhead and do the same.”

      If it were that easy, the rest of the nonsense letters and misnomers would’ve been long erased.

    • cylon_toast

      Tell that to words like ghost and knight.

  • Stephanie Cantrell Metz

    While cheating should be punished, suspending isn’t punishment. You just gave the kid a day off. The only one who’s being punished is the parent who now has to take a day off of work.

    • Katie Manning

      Why would you take a day off work because a high school student was suspended?

      • Bethany Lieflijk

        To keep an eye on them?

      • Celoptra

        I got suspended a couple of times during my early years of high school (but in some cases it was because the teachers/admin couldn’t realize I was dealing with bullies and since they wouldn’t do anything I had too) and MY parents never had to skip work to watch me (both were teachers)

    • Rachel

      I used to get suspended for wagging school 😀

    • RallyLock

      It depends on how you use the suspension. In my hometown school district, when a kid is suspended, they’re given an automatic score of 0 on any assignments or tests that they miss during the suspension, and they’re not allowed to turn in those assignments/tests late after they return to school, or use “extra credit” assignments to gain back those missed points. If the suspension happens to fall on a major test day (i.e. Finals), or if it’s a longer suspension (i.e. a week), that many 0’s can destroy a kid’s GPA really quickly.

      And, since I know what everybody is thinking (“What if that kid just doesn’t care about having a decent GPA?”) – colleges/universities and potential employers (if the kid wants to go straight to work after graduating high school) both use high school GPA as part of their acceptance/hiring rubric. Whether the kid cares about their GPA or not, it’s still going to come back and bite them when they have to explain that they were suspended and had to take 0’s on a bunch of assignments/tests.

    • PatrickRsGhost

      Suspension doesn’t always mean getting the day or days off from school. One school system I spent the majority of my educational career in as a student (last third of 4th Grade up through graduating from high school) had ISS, or in-school suspension. You would still come to school, but instead of going to your regular classes, you’d sit in a single classroom, often separated from the rest of the school (in some cases a trailer), and you’d be given your assignments by your teachers. The principal or vice principal would make the decision at least a week in advance, which would give teachers ample time to prepare assignments for you to work on in ISS.

      Another punishment they had was alternative school. This was for the more severe infractions, like getting into fights with another student. You’d spend a minimum of three days in a trailer classroom that was completely off-campus; in fact, it was right behind the Board of Education office. You’d come to your regular school on your regular bus, report to a particular classroom, they’d take roll, then you’d be shuffled onto a separate bus, and taken to a trailer classroom where they’ll assign you a desk. The desk was surrounded by three white walls with nothing on them. You could not turn the desk around, nor could you turn around. You were sent assignments by your teachers for each day. When you came to the classroom, they’d check your backpacks to make sure you have your books (and aren’t smuggling in contraband) and check them again on the way out to make sure you’re not trying to sneak assignments home or leaving anything behind.

      I never did ISS, but I knew kids who did. I did have to do alternative school (don’t know if they still do it, or if they call it something else) when I was in the 7th Grade for three days after getting into a fight with another kid.

      • ruhrow

        ISS has the same problem as suspension…namely that it’s INFINITELY better than real classes in real school. I got ISS in middle school, and only my academic ego kept me from committing infractions just to get to continue going there instead.

        You go sit in a room, and instead of listening to a slow teacher boringly explain obvious assignments for forever and lecture you, you get a stack with all of your work for the day. You can read the material and finish the work in maybe one class period and then you can sleep or zone out or ‘read ahead’ for English class (our English texts back then were always anthologies with tons of interesting stories in them) for the rest of the time. Plus you could finish all of your homework in advance. Best days of school I ever had were in ISS.
        The only thing that came close was lunch detention. A whole lunch period to read by yourself without people bothering you or taking your books away. The teachers used to try and stop me from sitting silently at the lunch detention tables to read until I asked them whether they’d prefer for me to EARN the privilege.

        • PatrickRsGhost

          And therein lies one of the major problems with the American Education System. The punishments aren’t really punishments, they’re almost like rewards, regardless of the student. Even if a student has been getting straight-As, perfect attendance, and is an all-around model pupil, if they receive ISS, at-home suspension, after-school detention, lunch detention, or alternative school, it’s just as much a break for them as it is for a student who just doesn’t give a flyin’ f***. The only difference, depending on the parents, is that with the model pupil, they’d do their assignments, or if their suspension keeps them at home, they’d have a classmate or friend tell them what the assignments were, and they’d do them and turn them in after returning from said “punishment”.

          So many school systems have done away with the paddle. I know spanking is a huge controversial subject both on and off the Internet, but if applied correctly it can work.

          Personally I think a little community service-like punishment should be the answer. Call it “in-school labor” or something like that.

          Have them help the custodial staff at the school. Clean the bathrooms, sweep the hallway floors, replace broken lights, empty trashcans, carry trash to the dumpsters, and anything else.

          As an alternative, they could help out the cafeteria/kitchen staff. Wash the trays, sweep and mop the floor in the kitchen or cafeteria, clean the tables, cook the food, or serve the food.

          Either way, they’d have to face their peers throughout the day. They would see all of their friends learning, chatting, having a good time, while they’re made to work. There would be that twinge of guilt, of humiliation, that may make them not want to get in trouble again.

  • Sadies Ariel

    I grew up / went to school in the US – I got in the habit of spelling words the Canadian (or U.K. Or whatever country you want to use as an example) way because I liked being different. None of my teachers ever had an issue with it (although several other students did when we would do peer editing on papers (as well as them having an issue with the distinctive font I write in – again to be different) until I raised a fuss and we finally stopped peer reviewing) and none of my professors for my college classes cared. If it was an assignment I knew I would be letting people copy though I always used traditional American spelling because I knew at least one person wouldn’t be smart enough to change it.

  • jargus

    Reminds me of something in HS one kid in the class let another “borrow” an assignment to “look at it”. What happened was he went and photocopied the whole thing and didn’t even bother to make sure the original name was missing from it. Both got ousted in the middle of class and were given detention. And these were both magnet students too that did this

    • Ronald M Bisnett

      To make the story even funnier, I’m just going to go ahead and assume the assignment was hand-written, too.

  • Ainyan

    *snicker* You realize the Brits spell their words like the French say them.

    Chew on that for a while. I’ll be over here enjoying not having to write extra letters. 😛

  • cylon_toast

    I’ve lived in Canada all my life (25 years) and often use American spellings for things. Like color for instance.

    But, cool way to find cheating if you know how someone usually spells something.

  • Thats a very elementary level word though. What elementary school suspends students for cheating?

    • Zack Wagoner

      …people in high school can and often do use all sorts of words.

      • It wasn’t about using the word. The way the teacher pointed it out makes me think it was a spelling test or similar. So I gotta ask either what kind of high school is still offering spelling tests or what kind of elementary school is suspending students for cheating.

        • Kumajiro

          It wasn’t a spelling thing, it was an essay. One wherein the word honor/honour was used. The teacher noticed it was American spelling, which could have easily been a typo, but the American student’s reaction was what really gave them away.

  • Pisces

    At first i was gonna rant about the teacher for being a dick about their student using American spelling. Then from reading the comics, I realized that said student was cheating. Now I’m praising the teacher for their cleverness

  • Harold George Wagner III

    You know what really irritates me to no end – it’s British people insisting that their version of the language is the only correct way to spell words in English.

    I know all British people aren’t like that but the ones that are really need to chill out. Just because your country “England” is named after the language (or vise versa?) doesn’t mean you can be dicks about it.