Mighty Red Pen

February 20, 2012

Suggestions for fighting bad modifiers

Filed under: Wordsworthy — mighty red pen @ 8:37 pm

This little tidbit was sent by my West Coast correspondent. He called this example of a misplaced modifier delicious, and I have to agree.

Oh noes! Bad development proposals from the New Jersey Audubon Society! Oh, wait a minute, not so fast.  More likely, the writer meant “Suggestions from the New Jersey Audubon Society for fighting bad development proposals.” See what I did there?

For more on misplaced modifiers, check out here.


May 28, 2008

More from the Department of Misplaced Modifiers

Filed under: Grammar goddess,Pop culture,Word wars — mighty red pen @ 7:47 pm
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Overseen on CBSsports.com:

News: Red Sox SP Jon Lester threw a no-hitter Monday against the Royals, walking two in his first career complete game. He struck out eight while throwing 130 pitches, including Alberto Callaspo, to win the game.

Knuckleball, fastball, Alberto Callaspo . . . a sure recipe for success for any pitcher, I would say.

Hat tip to Helen’s Dad.

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.

May 16, 2008

Modifiers misplaced

Filed under: Grammar goddess,Mad marketing — mighty red pen @ 5:57 pm
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This AT&T ad has a misplaced modifier that makes MRP giggle every time I see it. Oh whoops, just wrote my very own misplaced modifier. Let’s try that again: I giggle every time I see this AT&T ad, which has a misplaced modifier in it. Or: The misplaced modifier in this AT&T ad makes me giggle every time I see it. Harrumph.

“Come Monday, you’re going to be the girl with the crazy father who no one wants to date.” I think we all know what that means: Dad’s going to be awfully lonely on Monday.

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