Thursday, December 01, 2011

The Atlantic Announces its Own Passing

Time for more dangling modifier unintentional humor. Today, the (formerly) venerable Atlantic slips on an old syntactical banana peel with this Table of Contents blooper in their online edition:
Letters from Stalin’s Daughter: 
Before dying Monday at 85,
 The Atlantic reviewed her 1967 memoir, "wrung from an agonized conscience"
But of course as regrettably moribund as the (formerly) venerable Atlantic may have been (and is), it did not die last Monday. If it had, we would not be reading this amusingly amateurish subheading.