Monday, September 24, 2007


I was reading Tremendous Trifles, and came across this astonishing and puzzling line:
"Chesterton's and Francis (sic) Blogg's marriage to Walt Whitman.
(Editorial note: Female Frances with an "e", male Francis with an "i")

What? Gilbert and Frances were never married to Walt Whitman, heaven forbid! It took several readings to understand the sentence:

"Peter's lengthy essays cover every topic imaginable, from the meaning of "Ordinary Time" to Chesterton's and Francis (sic) Blogg's marriage (missing comma here) to Walt Whitman.
Just one little missing comma. Tee hee!


  1. Both of them were married to Walt Whitman? And they say same-sex marriage won't inevitably lead to polygamy!

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  3. One measly little comma, and the world stops spinning, or Gilbert and Frances start spinning in their graves, or both (whether Whitman is spinning is anyone's guess).

    Looks like I need to re-read my copy of Eats, Shoots, and Leaves. ;-)


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