Saturday, October 11, 2008

Jot and titter

"The sign read 'That Love Your Neighbor Thing. I mean't it. Signed, God.' Now, look closely at the sentence. You'll notice a misplaced apostrophe. I don't have an Oxford English Dictionary so I don't know if such a contraction could be formed. As I drove, I had to turn off the radio because I became fascinated with the error. After all, in standard English (there it is again), a contraction formed that way means 'include not.' Did the author mean to write, 'That Love Your Neighbor Thing. I mean not it'?"

— Father Shane Tharp"The Grammar of Assent." Following a long absence, Father Tharp is once again gracing the blogosphere via Catholic Ragemonkey.