Reasons vs Excuses
As today was a day where my students' first paper was due, it made me reflect on the difference between a reason and an excuse.
- — Tanya T. Sasser (@TanyaSasser)Tue, Oct 08 2013 10:00:14@readywriting a reason explains circumstances that led to something; an excuse tries to apportion blame on something/one else?
- — Sasha Hoffman (@SashaCA2)Tue, Oct 08 2013 10:02:08@readywriting diff btwn car accident made u late vs u knowingly hit snooze button too many times & said u "slept through alarm" (2/2)
- — Amanda Bower (@heyprofbow)Tue, Oct 08 2013 10:01:56@readywriting So "I broke my arm last night" Excuse: "keeping old lady from getting hit by car." Reason: "Because I was drunk."
- — Helen Mosher (@helenhmosher)Tue, Oct 08 2013 10:00:15@readywriting In raising my kids, I'd usually ask them: Was that an explanation or an excuse? because the excuse always had a tweak.
- — Jeremy Antley (@jsantley)Tue, Oct 08 2013 10:04:13@readywriting Excuse relies upon belief of person you tell it to. Reason is a rhetorical device whose power derives from the teller.
- — DaveMcGimpsey (@DaveMcGimpsey)Tue, Oct 08 2013 10:07:01
- — Lee Skallerup (@readywriting)Tue, Oct 08 2013 10:10:13In the reason/excuse dichotomy, where does taking responsibility for your actions lie? External forces outside of your control vs choices?
- — Joseph Fruscione (@ProfessorF74)Tue, Oct 08 2013 10:18:12@readywriting Exactly: a "reason" is often outside our control, whereas an "excuse" is largely a choice. Ss need to be self-accountable.
- — Joseph Fruscione (@ProfessorF74)Tue, Oct 08 2013 10:22:59@readywriting Reason: Punctual but traffic/subway legit. bad. Excuse: Overslept, left late, procrastinated, hit bad traffic, shifted blame.
- — Ian Barbour (@barbourians)Tue, Oct 08 2013 10:24:05@readywriting From my kids (normally when something breaks) If I'm going to get into trouble I give an excuse; If not I'll give a reason why
- — Kathryn Kaczmarek (@kkaczmawr)Tue, Oct 08 2013 12:18:18@readywriting A reason is attempting to show respect, prove you didn't blow someone off. An excuse is an attempt to not lose points.
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