Me fail English? That's unpossible!
For the longest (read: 6 weeks) time, I never had anyone bring up my major. No consultees were doing the "oh, so you're an English major" thing.
Over the last week, that has changed. I don't think it's anything more than a regression to the mean (people had to bring it up eventually) and I think it was pretty flukey that it didn't come up beforehand.
But anyway, yes: over the past week or so, I've had a couple consultees do the "so I'm assuming you're an English major" conversation, which is something we talked about a little while ago re: Meher and people wondering why someone from Design would (god forbid) be working with writing. I'm starting to wonder if it's not so much a misconception about writing (as in "people in other disciplines don't know how to write") as much as it is a misconception about English ("English is where we teach people to write"). I'm not sure how subtle of a distinction that is, but I think it's an important one. People assume that the English dept. is where the U trains its writers, so then it would make sense to have consultants coming from that discipline.
This obviously is not true. English does not teach writing. But I understand why people think that; it's what I thought when I declared English in the first place. I know now how stupid of an assumption that was (looking back, I should have been in Philosophy), but I just figured that "I want to write, so I'm headed to the English dept." (At least, once I ran screaming out of the PoliSci dept.)
English is basically Literature, with a dash of theory every now and again. But people don't know that to a large extent. I'm not saying that this is necessarily an either-or situation; people can also be morons and assume that Art students can't write. But: just as important is that basic English misconception. What we do about that, I know not. . .