“Do Date” vs “Due Date”: Do Profs Really Have to Explain the Difference?

"Due Date" vs "Do Date"

“Due Date” vs “Do Date”

If there really are teachers who list assignments by “do date” rather than “due date,” I’ve never heard from one.

Students who fall behind sometimes say “I didn’t know whether the readings listed for Monday are due on *Monday* or whether they are due on *Wednesday*.”

How likely is it that the student really *is* confused about whether Monday=Monday or Monday=Wednesday? How likely is it that the student is exaggerating a little, pretending to be confused in order to ease the consequences of falling behind? Thoughts?