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Persephone, Asha, Hecate
brightlotusmoon wrote in metaquotes
In a discussion on the serial comma:

greyaenigma says:
Here's another good one:
The "God and Ayn Rand" serial comma thing is possibly apocryphal, but there's one along the same lines that Rob Hansen spotted in the TV listings of The Times:

Planet Ustinov - Monday, C4, 8pm

By train, plane and sedan chair, Peter Ustinov retraces a journey made by Mark Twain a century ago. The highlights of his global tour include encounters with Nelson Mandela, an 800-year-old demigod and a dildo collector.

...which manages to get two in one summary. One much more impressive, though.

and bernmarx replies:
If I'm an 800-year-old demigod, I should be allowed to collect whatever I want, without judgment.

Context is not Nelson Mandela.


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many thanks to greyaenigma- and you- for reminding me of the original quote, which I had been misremembering as 'Peter Ustinov, an 800-year-old demigod and a dildo collector'.
Nelson Mandela is a far more amusing semidivine meat-substitute collector.

I'm still not sure which would be funnier, Mandela or Ustinov.

*giggles*
It took me a little while to get it, because as far as I know that would be the correct way of writing it in my native language. So I probably do it wrong in English all the time.
But still. *snickers*

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Dutch. Comma before 'and' is rather not done. Come to think of it, I probably do it wrong in both languages a lot XD

That icon wins at everything. *giggle*

:D I got a paid account because I really wanted it but all my icons slots were full. Actually, that's a generalisation, but mostly true ^__^

Your icon wins *_* *giggles* I would have needed that dictionary when I started writing scientific papers for uni *snickers*

Thanks :D I've been guilty of a few of them...

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This is why the Oxford comma is both awesome and terrible. Awesome because it prevents these misunderstandings, and terrible because it prevents these misunderstandings.

darn it, thats false advertising!
i really wanted to meet an 800 year old demigod who collects dildos, whether or not he was Nelson Mandela......

I do have a few dildos, and I'd like to think myself a demigod, but I plum strike out on the age criterion.

I had a principal who insisted on taking all Oxford commas OUT of my report cards. I briefly considered putting in something like this in one of my reports to see if she'd catch it, but restrained myself because I would have had to put my signature to it.

an 800-year-old demigod and a dildo collector.
er, Oxford comma or no Oxford comma, wouldn't the "a" be superfluous if they were the same person?

No. That would explore new and exciting avenues of ambiguity, up to and including the collection of 800-year-old dildoes.

Why do I suddenly want to find demigod (and god) trading cards?

Unnecessary, but not grammatically incorrect. :)

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