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    Johnny Is So Creative, It’s Scary.

    texaschainsaw.jpgQuote:  "The student works to the best of his ability."  Common teacher recommendation for college applicants, according to admissions officers in USA Today.

    Figure of Speechennoia (en NOY a), the figure of faint praise.

    According to USA Today, more than a tenth of teacher recommendations damn applicants through faint praise.  They employ the ennoia (Greek for "hidden intention").  The figure gets frequent exercise in our wimpy, argument-averse culture.  "Thirty years ago, a letter might have said that Johnny is not a nice person," says Lee Stetson, dean of admissions at the University of Pennsylvania, "whereas today the letter might say that Johnny does not have many friends."

    Extremely enoiing.

    Snappy Answer:  "Thank you for your candor."

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    Reader Comments (2)

    and this student works very well under direct supervision.
    September 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterscott gray
    is also an example of adianoeta, a sort of non-sexy double entendre.
    June 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGhost Dogg

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