Thursday, January 22, 2009

Harvard Prof Imitates FrumDoc

FrumDoc, Tuesday, January 20th:
8:49 PM me:what he said was a whoopsie
Doc: no its not it splits a base action with an adverb
Doc: roberts is right
8:50 PM me: but that's the text
Doc: i mean the correct way is "execute faithfully"
not faithfully execute
what do you mean if its wrong its wrong
8:51 PM me: one sec - he says execute the office of the President TO the United States faithfully
both times
Doc: roberts way isnt great but its better than splitting the infinitive!!!! heaven forbid
me: one sec - you think Roberts meant to say execute faithfully?
8:52 PM Doc: that wouldnt split the infinitive
me: but he didn't even say that either time
8:53 PM oh, i see
Doc: so you think just screwed up... no way... he meant to correct the constitutional text
me: lol
8:54 PM but it's weird, he did both, according to the transcript
ROBERTS: ... that I will execute the office of president to the United States faithfully...
OBAMA: ... that I will execute...
ROBERTS: ... faithfully the office of president of the United States...
OBAMA: ... the office of president of the United States faithfully...
8:55 PM Doc: the question then becomes if the constitution is grammatically incorrect how steadfastly are we required to use that text (incorrect)
Today's NY Times: Oaf of Office.

For all the picky English people out there, you can look at this in one of two ways:

  • What you do is really annoying, often silly (correcting the "ain't" in a song?! really?), and can once in a lifetime make you look stupid in front of billions who think the person you're telling it to cannot make a mistake, especially if he tells you "we're going to do it very slowly" the second time; OR
  • You too could be the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.