Monday, April 02, 2007

what's wrong with this?


wall of windows
Originally uploaded by madabandon.

What is wrong with this sentence?

"A graduate of Purdue University, her compositions are eclectic."
(from a member's biography on the website of the American Composers Forum).
Now what's wrong with the picture? Can you tell?

Maybe I am such a grammar vigilante because I teach. And good grammar was expected at home when I was a kid. After all, my mother taught english at various high schools and was a free-lance writer. My grammar is not perfect, but I try always to use language intelligently and coherently.

Mabel got her rabies shot this morning. For the first time in her life she stopped dead across the street from the vet's office; she always was nervous going, but this time she flat-out refused and I had to pick her up and carry her in, which offended her dignity. The vet feels she is too fat and demands that I put her on a diet.

3 comments:

lodgerlow said...

Do you know what? I don't know. I am embarrassed to say that, because I am an utter snob about things like that. Therefore I am interested to learn what wrong with it.

medusa said...

As it is written, her compositions are a graduate of Purdue University, not the woman herself.

What do I win?

she said...

i agree w/medusa.

maybe will go check with this new popular authority: mignon fogarty

http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/internet/01/22/grammar.girl/index.html

xoxox for mabel. a weight loss program, really? she looks perfect to us