X marrying Y <> Y marrying X?

Chris F Waigl chris at LASCRIBE.NET
Mon Sep 10 07:02:09 UTC 2007

Benjamin Barrett quoted:
> =============
>  From http://bbsnews.net/article.php?story=20060824223757467
> A 1967 Supreme Court case that struck down a Virginia law that prevented
> white folks from marrying black folks and vice versa.
> =============

Well if you leave out the "and vice versa", the sentence sounds as if it
was only the white folks that were being "prevented". The entire thing
needs rewriting.

Chris Waigl

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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