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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Slips of the tongue

Over on Conservapedia, cesspool of the human imagination, I recently noticed a headline that struck me as a little... funny. Specifically this:



Or, in your primitive human language:

Another unpatriotic gaffe by Obama that no American schoolchildren would make:

"Throughout our history, America's confronted constantly evolving danger, from the oppression of an empire, to the lawlessness of the frontier, from the bomb that fell on Pearl Harbor, to the threat of nuclear annihilation. Americans have adapted to the threats posed by an ever-changing world."

What will be Obama's next gaffe about America? Referring to John Adams as the first President? [emphasis original]


Now, leaving aside the fact that in the process of critiquing Obama's choice of words Schalfly managed the truly spectacular grammatical fuckup of, "...that no American schoolchildren would..." I fail to see how there is any evidence of a lack of patriotism. What I see is evidence that the man simply neglected to pluralize a single word in the midst of a speech. So, for example, let's try replacing "bomb" with "bombs":

"Throughout our history, America's confronted constantly evolving danger, from the oppression of an empire, to the lawlessness of the frontier, from the bombs that fell on Pearl Harbor, to the threat of nuclear annihilation. Americans have adapted to the threats posed by an ever-changing world."


Now that's much better, no?

Well, if you ask Schlafly, no:



Indeed, he helpfully remarks that it can't be a singular vs. plural issue:

"As I already said, converting to the plural form does fully not resolve the gaffe, as the "the" would then be inappropriate."


So, apparently, Schlafly thinks the phrase would be better if it read "...those bombs that fell on Pearl Harbor..." If that's the way he argued in court, it's no wonder his main occupation now seems to be "internet troll."

Now, I could get snarky and point out that Schlafly's source transcript admits to being a rush job:



And I could point to other transripts that don't include the mistake, including one Schlafly should trust, but I won't. Instead, I just want to pose a single question for the Conservapeons:

Is our children learning?



Well? Is they?

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1 Comments:

Anonymous a very public sociologist said...

Three words: what a dick!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008 1:39:00 PM  

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