What a service Hungry Man TV has done us!
Many years ago I had a very clever if lazy student (in Wollongong) who wrote me an essay on Othello “proving” that Desdemona got what she deserved. One of his “proofs” was to assert that every time the word “trumpet” appeared in the play it should actually be “strumpet”; it was so ingenious I gave it a good mark, and a warning!
In Ancient History he came up with a fictitious Greek called Peripites, who “lived” in Athens from the Persian War period through the next fifty years. Even in exams he would start quoting what Peripites had said about the matter in hand whenever he couldn’t think of any actual content.
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