Thursday, February 5, 2009

This mistake is only about a 2.5 on the Grammarphile Scale...


I'm guessing the writer meant to say "An earthquake typically must measure 2.5 to 3 before it is felt by people." Or perhaps the writer was in kind of a snarky mood and meant "An earthquake typically must measure 2.5 to 3 before it is felt, people." Either way, this sentence is most definitely missing something...

Thanks to DAVE for finding this little mistake!

12 comments:

Larisa said...

I think 'felt' is an adjective, so it is for story boards. Kind of like on Blue's Clues and the Felt Friends.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Haha! Too cute! :)

Tectonicus said...

I just love feeling earthquakes - OMG

Brian said...

Carry white glue at all times.

It's like pepper spray to Felt people.

ChicagoLady said...

I don't know, the mistake in the sentence preceding that should move it up the scale to at least a 3.0.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Tectonicus: I just bet you do! ;)

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Brian: You're heartless! What'd those felt people ever do to you, hmmm?

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ ChicagoLady: Ooh, good point. 3.0 it is!

EVula said...

I like arbitrarily changing sentences that have bad grammar. It's done somewhat subconsciously, too.

In this instance, my mind immediately rewrote it to read "an earthquake typically must measure 2.5 to 3 before it feels up people."

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Haha! EVula, your rewrite is MUCH more fun than the original sentence! :)

Laura said...

The writer seems to have a problem with including all necessary words in a sentence. The second paragraph is missing a word, too. Arrrg!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

This person should just not be allowed to write. Sigh. He's killin' me!