Archive for December, 2008

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Fun fact about The Masked Linguist and some more Fun with Structural Ambiguity

December 26, 2008

When the Masked Linguist is stressed, she becomes somewhat pedantic. A little error becomes a nagging thing. Today the bathroom at her workplace (because she has to have a mild-mannered secret identity, though in fact not one so mild-mannered) had a sign instructing people not to close the main door because “the handle is broke.”

This nagged, as despite the fact that The Mysterious Masked Linguist will defend language against over-zealous Prescriptivism, the workplace is one of the places where “Proper English” is supposed to prevail for the sense of professionalism.

Unable to let it slide, she grabbed a black sharpie from a coworkers desk and scrawled an “n” onto the sign. And now she can sit at her desk comfortably, knowing the error has been corrected.

And now for More Fun With Structural Ambiguity

From the 12/18/08 horoscope out of my local free paper
Capricorn: No one has the consistency and endurance required to handle tough situations like you.

Also, headline seen on online site:
Crew injured as speed yacht flips off France

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