Monday, October 10, 2011

Relative clause of the (still-young) month

Why teach grammar? Well, partly because we don't want the youngsters to confuse grammar with virtue. You can be grammatical without being loyal, brave, thrifty, reverent, cheerful or obedient, as evidenced in this striking relative clause:

Williams, who was sacked by ESPN last week after more than two decades of supplying the rockin' opening theme song to “MNF” because of controversial comments he made that compared President Barack Obama and House Speaker Rep. John Boehner golfing together to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu playing a round, is singing a new tune: “I'll Keep My ...”

I was sort of hoping there'd be at least one good outcome of the past week's entertaining ideological events: Could we finally -- oh, happy day! -- be rid of "Are You Ready for Some Football?" heds? Dunno. But it appears we have to put up with at least a little more excess publicity for the voracious black hole of country music talent that is Hank Jr.

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