Friday, May 20, 2016

Headline of the Month

I'm no grammar fascist, but it can be useful if you're a political party trying to avoid getting made fun of by everybody on the entire Internet.

How The Wrong Verb Meant The Texas GOP Called Most Texans Gay

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As Texas Monthly rightly points out, the sentence actually says that homosexual behavior "has been ordained by God in the Bible, recognized by our nations founders, and shared by the majority of Texans." 
That's probably not what Texas Republicans meant. 
The august magazine blames that Oxford comma there at the end for the confusion, but we asked our aforementioned (and heroic) copy editors where the real problem was and they zeroed in on the verb "has." It's singular, so the rest of the sentence ends up referring to the noun "behavior" instead of "truths."

Prepare for the gif dump.

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