Student Accidentally Gives Professor an Embarrassing Nickname, Goes Viral

A hilarious reminder to always proofread your work before hitting send.

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If you've been to college, you know how it is. You've got so many professors that you don't even remember the names of the one you're writing an essay for, so you put in a cheeky little placeholder (you know: "Dear Prof. X") as you compose the first draft.

The critical thing is to remember to swap out the placeholder before you send it along, which one unfortunate student forgot to do. Even more unfortunate is the placeholder she chose: "Professor whats his nuts."

On Thursday, Ohio University student Zoey Oxley shared screenshots of her embarrassing blunder with the caption, "A series of unfortunate events," on Twitter.

The tweet now has over 82,000 retweets.

Exhibit A: The paper itself, "Professor whats his nuts" clearly written in the upper left-hand corner.

Exhibit B: The humiliated email she sent her Professor when she realized the mistake she had made:

"Professor Hendel,

I am writing this email very embarrassingly. As I began writing my paper, I wrote out the template. Unfortunately, I could not remember your last name, so I filled it with something completely unprofessional. It was my intention to change the name before submission, but it completely slipped my mind. I attempted to resubmit the assignment but was unable to. I am so very sorry for the lack of respect that was used and again I apologize for this mistake. I hope that this does not reflect what you think of me and that the next assignment I can address by the correct name. Thank you again and I am so sorry.

To be fair, it seems Professor Hendel—hereafter forever known as Professor Whats His Nuts—seemed to really take the whole situation in stride, tweeting: "A student emailed me, profusely apologizing for getting my name wrong at the top of their paper, and I was like, 'Thanks, whatever, nbd.' Then I got to their paper and saw their instructor was 'Professor whats his nuts.'"

It's a hilarious incident, but it's also a great reminder to always, always proofread before hitting send.

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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