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

Amy West medievalist at W-STS.COM
Sun Jan 3 16:20:10 UTC 2010

No, no, no, Mark. You've forgotten that Cheerios and Pampers relate
to the two ends of the alimentary canal. The connection is obvious!
But not appetizing to realize on a cereal box.

---Amy West

>Date:    Fri, 1 Jan 2010 00:01:57 -0500
>From:    Mark Mandel <thnidu at GMAIL.COM>
>Subject: Re: Misplaced modifier of the...well, end of the decade
>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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