Ah, ambiguity. It is indisputably one of the most frequent language gaffes I stumble upon on a daily basis. Oftentimes, one’s mouth works faster than one’s brain, and what spews from within can be considered sheer foolishness. Here a few recent finds (overheard and read) I thought I’d share.
She was unable to tolerate liquids or solids by mouth. Hmm, so was she tolerating them in some other way? Is that even possible?
People are gettin’ all kinds of reactions to birth control pills. Okay. First, I didn’t know animals took birth control, so is it necessary to reference people? Second, are men taking BCPs now?
These next two are headlines from the local newspaper, the first of which one of my esteemed colleagues found. Once we read it, hilarity ensued.
Mayor grilling agency heads (Will she enjoy the taste?)
Governor to give talk on the bay (Will he be on a boat, jet skis?)
As always, more to come...