Mighty Red Pen

May 1, 2008

The best of times, the worst of times

Filed under: Grammar goddess,Pop culture,Wordsworthy — mighty red pen @ 6:05 pm
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MRP doesn’t know what’s more shocking about the recent revelation by Barbara Walters that she had an affair with Sen. Edward Brooke three hundred years ago: the affair itself or this unfortunate litte tidbit which is being reproduced in every article:

“I was certainly involved,” Walters says. “He was exciting. He was brilliant. It was exciting times in Washington.”

Oh dear. Memo to Barbara: It was an exciting time in Washington or They were exciting times in Washington.



  1. But hey! Kudos to the newspapers for accurately quoting an ungrammatical sentence instead of changing it. For once I can be moderately sure that the quoted material is actually something that was said.

    Comment by Dan — May 2, 2008 @ 8:32 am | Reply

  2. Maybe she’s thinking of that as a collective noun, or a proper noun?

    It was Exciting Times in Washington. ?

    Comment by TootsNYC — May 2, 2008 @ 1:03 pm | Reply

  3. Oh, and what I found sad–she had this long affair w/ him not because HE was so infatuating, but because the TIMES were exciting and seemed to dictate that this is what one does.

    She (and he) risked both their careers in order to fit in w/ the zeitgeist.

    And I think she should have kept her mouth shut for several more years.

    Comment by TootsNYC — May 2, 2008 @ 1:04 pm | Reply

  4. I guess she has no regrets.

    Comment by Frank Drone — May 2, 2008 @ 1:56 pm | Reply

  5. Remember how merciless she was while interviewing Monica Lewinsky in 1999?

    BARBARA WALTERS: “One juror, at the grand jury, asked you why you kept having affairs with married men. Why did you? Why do you?”

    And later on, “But he was a married man! A married man.”

    And finally, “Did you ever say to yourself, “I’m doing something wrong. This is bad for the president. This is bad for the country.” Did you ever think about that?”

    Comment by helen's dad — May 2, 2008 @ 7:05 pm | Reply

  6. LOL…that’s what I thought when I read this story too, yeah like real NEWS of the century, eh Barbie!


    Comment by veggiesyarnsandtails — May 4, 2008 @ 6:10 pm | Reply

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