One of the things I do at work is process appointments and promotions for the section. There are various titles one can get appointed/promoted to: Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, and variations of these prefixed with Research, Clinical, and Adjunct.
My boss, as section chief, has to approve each of these appointments or promotions. He's a brilliant scientist, but -- as is the case with most brilliant scientists -- he's often clueless about some pretty simple, common things. Today I learned that he needs to work on common abbreviations.
We are currently appointing one of the postdoctoral fellows, Xinfang, to Research Assistant Professor. My boss made a mistake in his support letter, stating that we were appointing Xinfang as a Research Instructor. I sent him an e-mail asking him to clarify: are we making her an Instructor or an Assistant Professor?
His e-mail response? "Make her an Ass. Pro."