Sometimes, grading poorly written papers is just so dismaying.
This isn't to say that all the papers in the stack will be poorly written, but if you start with a few that are, it's dismaying. (And now I'm all wanting to go look up the origins of "dismay" in the OED, because "maying" seems odd, unless it's something to do with the May celebrations? Or allowing? Did I mention that when I'm grading poorly written papers, I get easily distracted? "Distracted" also looks like I need to look it up in the OED. Something to do with "tract" as a space, perhaps. Oh, shiny...)
I'm tired of students no remembering that they need to use quotation marks for article titles, and italics or underline for book and journal titles. It doesn't seem like it should be that hard to remember, does it. And for some reason, it bothers me. I can deal with some typo/usage stuffs, and I know we're not supposed to focus on typo/usage stuffs in grading, because it doesn't actually work, but the titles thing bothers me. It just does.
I'm tired of students making broad, unsupported claims about pieces of literature. Did you know that Macbeth doesn't believe in violence, and only kills Duncan because Lady Macbeth shamed him. Yeah, that whole unseaming bit at the beginning of the play, that's not at all violent. Nope.
I may have to promise myself cookie dough if I just grade this bleeping pile.