Misplaced modifier of the...well, end of the decade

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jan 1 05:01:57 UTC 2010

As a parent of two now-grown offspring, I can certify that absorbent
diapers, whether old-fashioned cloth or modern constructs like Pampers, can
contribute materially to a parent's sleep.

On Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 11:42 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>wrote:

> (Courtesy of my wife, who was startled to read this on the back of
> the Cheerios box this morning)
> "...Pampers and Cheerios are working together to bring you bright
> mornings.  After a good night's sleep with the help of Pampers, treat
> your tot to a bright morning with Cheerios."
> Presumably it's the tot who was helped by the Pampers. (The addressee
> may have been wearing Depends, but probably not Pampers...)
> LH

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