Many of the funny definitions in The Funny Dictionary trace to a publication called The University Correspondent at the University of London. In fact, several modern blooper books contain howlers that trace to The University Correspondent, probably unconsciously.

From 1892 to 1939 (except for 1913), The University Correspondent published the results of a competition for the year’s best collection of howlers. I used to have every relevant edition of The University Correspondent but, sadly, most of them were lost during a storm in Canberra. I have relied on my notes to recreate, as best I can, the editions and pages of The University Correspondent that published student howlers. I am in the process of obtaining, from London, the relevant copies again. As I receive them, I will upload them here for posterity. If you can help with the exercise, please email me.

University Correspondent, 15/12/1892, 22. (Jpg, 800kb).
University Correspondent, 15/12/1892, 23. (Jpg, 816kb).
University Correspondent, 22/12/1893, 10.
University Correspondent, 23/12/1893, 11.
University Correspondent, 22/12/1894, 820.
University Correspondent, 17/3/1895, 28.
University Correspondent, 21/12/1895, 797.
University Correspondent, 21/12/1895, 798.
University Correspondent, 18/12/1897, 802. (Pdf, 963kb).
University Correspondent, 18/12/1897, 803.
University Correspondent, 24/12/1898, 829.
University Correspondent, 22/12/1900, 810.
University Correspondent, 22/12/1900, 811.
University Correspondent, 22/12/1900, 812.
University Correspondent, 25/1/1901, 8.
University Correspondent, 15/12/1902, 390.
University Correspondent, 15/12/1903, 374.
University Correspondent, 15/12/1903, 375.
University Correspondent, 15/12/1904, 373.
University Correspondent, 15/12/1904, 374.
University Correspondent, 15/12/1905, 375.
University Correspondent, 15/12/1906, 371.
University Correspondent, 15/12/1908, 370.
University Correspondent, 15/12/1908, 371.
University Correspondent, 15/12/1909, 370.
University Correspondent, 15/12/1909, 371.
University Correspondent, 15/12/1910, 373.
University Correspondent, 15/12/1910, 374.
University Correspondent, 15/12/1911, 380.
University Correspondent, 15/12/1911, 381.
University Correspondent, 16/12/1907, 370.
University Correspondent, 16/12/1907, 371.
University Correspondent, 16/12/1912, 380.
University Correspondent, 16/12/1912, 381.
University Correspondent, 1/1/1914, 10.
University Correspondent, 1/1/1914, 9.
University Correspondent, 1/1/1915, 5.
University Correspondent, 1/1/1916, 6.
University Correspondent, 1/1/1919, 10.
University Correspondent, 1/1/1920, 7.
University Correspondent, 1/1/1921, 10.
University Correspondent, 1/1/1921, 9.
University Correspondent, 2/1/1922, 12.
University Correspondent, 1/1/1923, 12.
University Correspondent, 1/1/1924, 10.
University Correspondent, 1/1/1924, 9.
University Correspondent, 1/1/1925, 9.
University Correspondent, 1/1/1926, 7.
University Correspondent, 1/1/1927, 10.
University Correspondent, 2/1/1928, 7.
University Correspondent, 2/2/1928, 7.
University Correspondent, 1/1/1930, 7.
University Correspondent, 1/1/1931, 7.
University Correspondent, 1/1/1932, 9.
University Correspondent, 2/1/1933, 7.