Sock you, you fuzzy socksucker!*

Apparently, the NY ‘Regent’ Exams, some kind of standardized test, have been hacking away at literary excerpts, so as not to make any students uncomfortable:

The modifications to the passages ranged widely. In the Chekhov story “The Upheaval,” the exam takes out the portion in which a wealthy woman looking for a missing brooch strip-searches all of the house’s staff members. Students are then asked to use the story to write an essay on the meaning of human dignity.


*(from an excellent Showcase ad campaign, in reference to the line read by the suspects in the lineup after being hauled in at the beginning of ‘The Usual Suspects’)