Silly Season, Silly Grammar
One of the best things about our job is that we see pretty much every political mailing that gets sent out in the state of South Carolina … alright, check that … that’s actually one of the worst things about our job.
Every once in awhile, though, something pretty funny is forwarded our way – like the mailing sent out last week by the S.C. Democratic Party (SCDP) attacking Dee Compton, a guy we are told is a Republican candidate for the State Senate and, lamentably, not the lead singer from Twisted Sister (that’s Dee Snider).
Anyway … here’s the “call to action” from the SCDP mailing attacking Snider … err, Compton:
In case you’re anything like us and are too lazy to click on stuff, here’s the text:
Call Dee Compton today and tell him his voucher contributions doesn’t pass the smell test.
Hold up … not that we’re grammar police around here or anything, but even we can tell there’s something wrong with that sentence.
As you ponder what it might be, keep in mind that Compton is being attacked for “bailing out on our public schools,” which this mailing conveniently neglects to tell us are the worst in the country – despite the extra billion dollars S.C. taxpayers have poured into them over the last four years.
Anyway, let’s go through it again …
Call Dee Compton today …
Okay … so far, so good.
… and tell him his voucher contributions …
Yup, yup … we’ve heard this line of attack a million times before, but we see where you’re going with it …
… doesn’t pass the smell test.
Ooooh … there it is.
As it turns out, “contributions” are plural, people. As in more than one. So if you’re describing these contributions as either passing or not passing a particular “smell test,” you would say that they “don’t pass,” not that they “doesn’t pass.”
Because “they doesn’t pass” … yeah, that just makes you sound like a South Carolina democratic operative.
In fact, after receiving this mailing, our founding editor performed a little experiment with his four-year-old shorty and several Thomas the Tank Engine toys to prove just how easy this is.
After “shorty” identified which trains were too big to go under his little brick bridge, we asked him to put them in a separate pile and tell us what they were.
“These are the ones that don’t go under the bridge, Mr. Will,” he said.
Shorty’s right … and he’s four, people.
Anyway, our point is this – it’s sad enough that these educrat apologists have no platform to speak of other than attacking people for supporting new ideas, but the very least they could do is run spellcheck before sending out mailings on behalf of our public schools … mailings that insult the intelligence of four-year-olds everywhere.