View Full Version : Too sexy for a TOEFL essay!!

01-05-2003, 09:09 PM
Again, another problem with unintended meaning. Somebody wrote this essay a couple of years ago. Here's the essay prompt:

#011: Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Universities should give the same amount of money to their students' sports activities as they give to their university libraries. Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.

Here is the juicy bit of offending text:

Though sports activities are not as same as the real society activities, spors activities can make students know how to get in well with the other students. The students, who always keep learning alone, will be gauche and know nothing about how to intercourse or cooperate with others. :o [:X] :crazy:

Using the phrase "will be gauche" is already awkward enough, but the rest of the sentence is classic!!