Saturday, April 25, 2009

The adjective parade marched through the offices of The Hindustan Times...


To be fair, I highly doubt this was written by a native English speaker. But still...a list of random adjectives all in a row with no punctuation to separate them? WTF?

PETER, who found and sent in this picture, explains the picture much more eloquently. He says: The Hindustan Times of India is not badly edited. But -- just as in the newspapers of English-speaking lands -- the ads are another story. I believe this ad writer was trying to set a record for the longest string of adjectives in a very small space. Or maybe, like Pygmalion and his sculpture, the writer fell in love with the words and couldn't bear to delete any.

I suppose I can understand that sentiment, to some degree. I, too, fall in love with certain words and sometimes say/think them sooooo fast that there's no room to breathe, much less punctuate--for instance, "Omigod BILFs Utley Hamels Werth Dobbs *squeeeeeeeal*!!!!!" That's pretty much what goes through my head during Phillies games. But dammit, if I was gonna write all that down (with the exception of how I just wrote it, since I was writing about how I think that string of words, not how I would actually write it), I'd throw in, you know, a comma. Or several.

Thanks, PETER, for finding this one!

8 comments:

LadyStyx said...

If not a comma, at least a dash or something so it doesn't look like one long word at first glance.

Peter said...

I like your bit about Phillies games. You put that well nicely eloquently tip-top!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ LadyStyx: Agreed!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Peter: Hahaha! When I think of my Phillies, that is, unfortunately, EXACTLY the way I think. :)

Donde Ratliffe said...

Goodness! This establishment is next to my temple in Indiaa. When you have Full Body Massage very very bad things happen in back room!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Haha...like what? Inquiring minds want to know. Do they slather you in Mentadent or something? ;)

Donde Ratliffe said...

Please to be forgiving me! I do not know anything about this. Have you ever tried Velveeta? It is most joyous and radiant taste of cheese in mouth!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

I prefer Drunkaroni and Cheese. ;)