Wednesday, December 03, 2003

The language police 

John Derbyshire makes a citizen's arrest:

To the Editor
New York Post
1211 Avenue of the Americas
New York, N.Y.

Dear Editor,
Your report of a tragic subway suicide (Oct. 16) describes the deceased as "quietly laying in front of a fast-moving subway train." What was she laying? Carpet? Linoleum? Plans? Later you tell us that the unfortunate woman "laid down as the train approached." Oh, so it was down she was laying. But was it goose down or swan's down? Perhaps we could ax the witnesses.
Yours sincerely,
John Derbyshire
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