The wild words in your textbooks and lecture slides

Abigail Balingit /Staff

As a Berkeley student, you’re no stranger to having copious amounts of assigned reading. But have you ever looked through your readings and lecture slides and wanted to yell out “WTF?” It’s three in the morning and you’re rubbing your tired eyes just to make sure your brain isn’t playing tricks on you. You feel tempted to blast Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean?” as an ode to the textbook authors. No matter how many times you read the same sentence, the words still spell out the crazy phrase you read the first time. We at the Clog have compiled some of the pictures of the wildest stuff you might have come across in your textbooks and lecture slides.

With this book, the bewilderment begins on the cover with the interesting choice of earbuds.

Courtesy of Donna Ni

Donna Ni/Courtesy

The article titles get sassy, too!

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Rebecca Madden/Courtesy

Textbook authors seem to make up their own words, like “probortunity” just to confuse you.

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Harneet Kaur/Courtesy

Then, you discover professors have their own way of spelling things.


Rebecca Madden/Courtesy

The occasional “Star Wars” throwback throws you for a loop.


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Sometimes, it gets pretty raunchy.


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And T-Pain’s “Booty Wurk” comes to the forefront of your mind.

Courtesy of Génesis Ahtty

Génesis Ahtty/Courtesy

Next time you delve into your readings, just know that you’re not the crazy one. There are other Golden Bears scratching their heads in puzzlement over their readings, so you’re not alone.



Contact Abigail Balingit at [email protected].