Friday, January 07, 2011

Parser alert

Diagramming party, stand by to lower boats: Who's doing what to whom? Is it "a" term, or is Michigan Man "the" term that Michigan Man misused too often. Or ...

Go read the whole thing online if you must. (The hed online -- "'Michigan Man' is too often a misused term" -- is going into the files as a perfect example of when to discard the "rules" about articles and linking verbs in heds.*) There's a lovely illustration of blind sports provincialism that all you young skaters out there should take to heart:

Bo Schembechler could fire up anybody, anywhere, and at a news conference nearly 22 years ago, he uttered one of the most inspirational sentences of an inspirational life:

"A Michigan Man will coach Michigan!"

That statement encapsulates so much of what makes Michigan special: There is a pride at U-M that you just don't find at many schools.

Abject fawning aside, somebody needs to get out more.

* I really don't care if the "design style" requires two-line heds on columns; put a third line on this one and cut half an inch of deathless prose from the text. Wow, that was tough.)

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Blogger John Cowan said...

I thought y'all were called Michiganders. Certainly my relatives living there were (now dead or moved away).

1:07 PM, January 07, 2011  
Blogger fev said...

That's a matter of some debate in the local stylebooks, I gather.

I think the intent is more Chandleresque: Down these mean streets a Michigan Man must go who is not himself Michigan.

8:09 PM, January 07, 2011  

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