I didn’t realize, however, what a huge boulder I would be rolling uphill — what with my being a “literary person,” a sometime editor of this column, someone whose ear is as tuned to the pitch of language as a cellist’s is to music — until the misplaced modifiers, dyslexic spellings and grievous abuses of syntax started pouring in.Oh, a grammar harpy, there's a big turn-on. Or maybe there's some kind of S&M inside thing that I'm not getting. (Please, baby, 'e' before 'i'. Oh yeah.)
Besides, even if the commas are in the right places, the column looks like weak writing to me — leaving aside her bragging about the tuning of her own ear. I was going to ignore the column, but the ads-l has had a pretty good string under the subject line 'Safire'. Or see key points here.
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