My students frequently double-space between paragraphs. They never used to do this. I cannot decide if this is simply a lame attempt to make the paper seem longer or if it reflects something about how young(er) people have acquired writing skills in the Internet age.
They also like to use the word "amongst." Where does this come from? I don't hear them walking around saying "thou" or "forsooth."
I blame Sarah Palin for my students' new love of the phrases "calling out" and "shout-out." As in, "McCain called out Obama on his ties to William Ayres" or "LBJ gave a shout-out to the marchers in Selma." !