Mighty Red Pen

May 18, 2008

The eyes and ears of this institution, my friends

Filed under: Grammar goddess,Uncategorized,Wordsworthy — mighty red pen @ 1:23 pm
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Speaking of modifier madness, Magnum PI (who earned his webonym, people, for the tenacious way in which he stalked this one down for MRP) shares one that really burns his biscuit. As a rider on the MBTA’s Red Line, he hears it intoned regularly over the PA system: 

As our eyes and ears of the system, we appreciate the assistance of our passengers in reporting any kind of suspicious packages or suspicious activities.

A fellow word nerd who has been known to utter words like “our imminent doom as a civilization” when faced with bad grammar, Magnum comments: “I would report suspicious packages and activities if someone only explained to me how the MBTA can be the eyes and ears for itself.”


Bonus MRP moment: Check out more about modifiers at the ever-excellent Fritinancy.



  1. Check out this sentence:

    “A 23-year-old student who was killed when a helicopter crash-landed on him in the middle of the street is raising questions about how aware people are of their surroundings when outside listening to portable audio devices–such as Ipods and MP3 players.”–Canadian Press, May 18

    Comment by Frank Drone — May 19, 2008 @ 3:36 pm | Reply

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