World According To Student Bloopers

In 1987, Richard Lederer pasted together a "history" of the world from genuine student bloopers. Lederer’s "A History of the World According to Student Bloopers" has been an Internet sensation and is a popular part of his best-selling book, Anguished English: An Anthology of Accidental Assaults Upon Our Language.

Lederer was not the first author to present an alternative history according to student bloopers. For example, in 1946, educational publishers of Australia William Brooks & Co published The "Roar" Material of History: Schoolboy Howlers Collected and Arranged from Very Original Sources by KR Cramp.

In the same tradition, we have started compiling our own history of the world according to student bloopers, or "howlers" as they are more usually known in England and Australia. These student bloopers come from a set of twelve Howlers books compiled by Cecil Hunt.

Cecil Hunt warranted that these howlers, or at least "the most delightful ones", were sent to him by "teachers who have vouched for their accuracy and have quoted the school, form, and date of examination".

We have quoted these student bloopers almost ver batim, taking liberty only with the arrangement. Where possible, for continuity, we have arranged the student bloopers chronologically. Read this history carefully, or else some of the humour will be lost!

To help convey the humour, we ask you to imagine that the following histories have been written by a 12-year-old boy named Erwin Finker. Erwin is the mascot for our own book of student bloopers called Funny English Errors and Insights: Illustrated.

Click the links below for chapters in Erwin's history of the world according to student bloopers:

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