My mother is an English and History teacher so I was brought up to appreciate good writing and good grammar. By appreciate I also mean to get humor out of bad writing and bad grammar. My favorite literary gaffe is the misplaced modifier. A misplaced modifier is a word or phrase describing something but not placed in correct proximity to the subject it is meant to describe, changing the meaning of the sentence in ways that can be hilarious. One such example is, “The following are tips to protect women from the police department.”
Well yesterday morning I was in real need of a good old belly laugh. The Moon (feeling) in Virgo (language structure) was trining Jupiter (mirth) and my very favorite misplaced modifier ever popped into my head. Several years ago when I kept up my own blog I wrote about my grandmother’s death. Several people left supportive comments, and a long-time high school friend capped it all with her comment, “I was so sorry to learn about your grandmother dying while reading your blog.” I replied, “Well actually she died from the complications of Alzheimer’s, but had she read my blog…”
I got weeks of gut laughs from that one and I did again yesterday. My Aries friend was not amused, however, and it was the beginning of the end of our friendship. I guess that’s sad, but the joke was totally worth it. I’m still giggling today.
What is your sense of humor like? Can you see the astrology?