Pesky Grammar

I really hope Mitt Romney doesn’t mean his website to say what it does. At the moment, this is the wording you’ll find there:

“As president, Mitt will work to expand and enhance access and opportunities for Americans to hunt, shoot, and protect their families, homes and property,….”

Parallelism can trip you up, and comma placement is crucial. I don’t want someone to fight for people’s rights to hunt their families or shoot their homes, thank you very much. There are plenty of days I am sure the law is the only thing that prevents my family from shooting me!

Just sayin’.

[Hat tip: the fabulous grammar nerds at edittorrent]


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About Laura K. Curtis

Laura K. Curtis has always done everything backwards. As a child, she was extremely serious, so now that she's chronologically an adult, she feels perfectly justified in acting the fool. She started teaching at age fifteen, then decided to go back to school herself at thirty. And she wrote her first book in first grade. It was released in (notebook) paperback to rave reviews and she's been trying to achieve the same level of acclaim ever since. She lives in Westchester County, NY with her husband and a pack of wild Irish Terriers, which has taught her how easily love can coexist with the desire to kill.

3 thoughts on “Pesky Grammar

  1. Just one more example of: Eats, shoots and leaves. Those pesky Pandas.

  2. Since this is coming from the man who tied his dog to the roof of his car (as the brilliant Gail Collins reminds us in every column), who knows?

  3. Terrie – the comma is such a small but vital item!

    Anita – that’s pretty much word for word what my brother said when I showed it to him. *grin*

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