Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Two Goofs in One Caption

From the home page of The Seattle Times today:
Giving a show of hands
It isn't size, speed, nor strength that separate Brandon Williams from other top tight ends. It is Williams' ability to catch nearly every football thrown within his reach that makes him a hot commodity. "He has the best hands of any player I've ever coached," says his coach, John Meagher.

Oops! That should be "or." The "nor" makes a double negative, and we don't think that's what the writer intended.

SPOGG also believes the "or" demands a singular verb. If it had been an "and" instead of an "or," those things would work together to make the verb plural. Picky, yes. But this sort of subtlety is one of the delights of language.

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