Thursday, July 03, 2008
happy birthday grammar mistake tao lin
'in honor of'
'on the occasion of'
'due to the obligatory observation of'
'in loving memory of'
'in celebration of'
'congratulations graduate of'
tao lin's birthday, instead of becoming an 'ocean sunfish level patron of the arts', i am posting this grammatical mistake, which was made on the natural history museum's website 'of all places'.
The century-old mystery of what comprises the peculiar tail of one of the largest of all bony fishes, the ocean sunfish has been resolved.
without a second comma after sunfish, i'm pretty sure this is wrong, and 'means' that everything before the existing comma qualifies the noun that immediately follows it. thus, The Ocean Sunfish is the century-old mystery of what comprises the peculiar tail of one of the largest of all bony fishes. unless of course they meant to say this, in which case they are not 'wrong'.
i think that this adjective is very specific and can describe only the ocean sunfish (mola mola), but it has a certain 'charm' to it.
i also like the title of the NHM article. it is things like that that render successful google searches for