Today in my Air Traffic Control class we took a short quiz based on a handout we received last week. One of the questions on the quiz was this 6. True or False: Although the piece states that when pilots do not enunciate their words clearly, it can cause problems for the air traffic controller. Although the meaning of the question is fairly obvious, the "although" at the beginning of the sentence is obviously superfluous, and as I was reading it repeatedly with a quizzical look on my face, the professor asked me if there was a problem. I told him "Not really, this question just sort of doesn't make sense..." He then came over and explained it to me out loud in front of the entire class, and he obviously just wasn't getting what's wrong with the sentence. Not wanting to belabor such a pedantic point while the class was taking the quiz, I thanked him for his help and finished the quiz. Partly because I tend to not be able to let pedantic things go but also because I wanted it to be corrected for the benefit of future classes, I approached him after class about it. As soon as I approached him he said "I assume you want to talk about question six again...look, nobody else in the class had a problem with it". I told him simply that the "although" at the beginning of the sentence was completely unnecessary, and he said, "No, the although implies there's a contradiction forthcoming, and that's what the "it..." refers to". I told him that the "it..." clause was actually suboordinate to the "when..." clause, and that there was no corresponding suboordinate clause for the suboordinating conjunction "Although...". He just wasn't getting it, and then told me very sternly "Look, I know you're having a hard time understanding this, but this is not bad English. That's just your opinion". My spontaneous response in my head was "With all due respect sir, you're wrong", but I couldn't bring myself to say such a dickish thing, especially since he was already clearly off-put by the discussion. He then said with an edge "I'll talk to someone at the English department and ask them if it's alright. Is that good enough for you?" I then said yes and walked off with my tail between my legs, feeling as if I'd breached some unwritten barrier between professors and students. Did I do anything wrong? Would it have been wrong for me to simply tell him he was wrong? And yes, I know I sound like that guy in this story; the insufferable besserwisser who tries to one-up the professor at every turn to show off. That wasn't my intention at all. I made sure that everybody else who straggled after class to ask an actual question related to the subject matter of the class got to go before me.