We saw this post on the ONION, and it sparked a reaction, so here we go, blogging again …
(click here to see the post)
First, we would likely run off the road trying to read this entire sign … seems that might pose more danger than would the characteristics warned of in the sign.
Second, we see inconsistent and questionable grammar in a couple of places:
“… next 22 miles include a variety …”
At first glance, this may seem fine … miles can be counted, and they are talking about more than one mile, so it could be correct to use “22 miles” as plural. However, it could also be considered a “22-mile stretch of road coming up,” in which case, it would be treated as singular, and could read, “… the next 22 miles includes a variety …”
The main reason we even question this first point is because of this next point:
“… plus there’s a few blind corners …”
Now, the grammarian in us says that since corners is plural, the usage should be “there are,” or “there’re.” However, using the same type of reasoning we applied in the previous instance about the 22 miles, we could say that since “a few” is singular, the use of “there’s” (for there is) is acceptable.
It’s likely that the sign writer thought of neither of these issues, and, we’re just spending a Thursday evening picking at some rather obscure matters. But, isn’t that what this blogging business is all about? Plus, we’re having fun with our wonderfully-complex English language. Just be thankful that we’re not even going to mention the split infinitive, or the run-on nature of the entire sign (one sentence) because we love to use these types of items frequently …
How are you passing your time? Are you reading this and asking, “Who cares?”? At least you’re reading it! Thanks.
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