A friend of mine just sent out this email to a few people:
"Are any of you thinking of taking the Professional Seminar in [some department]? Or have you heard anything about the degree to which is is (or isn't?) helpful?"
Confused about what class she could be talking about since I don't know of any that offer degrees, helpful or otherwise, I replied:
"I'm not sure exactly what you mean by degree... isn't this the class where they talk about applying for jobs and what you need to do? If so, I really recommend going. ..."
And she responded:
"Thanks, Seadragon - I meant "degree" like a measure word (like: how helpful was it?), not "degree" like PhD, MA, BA. :) sorry for the confusion. Yes, it's the class where they talk about applying for jobs and stuff like that."
At which point I felt very silly and laughed at myself.
Clearly I have been obsessing about degrees lately. The PhD kind.