Friday, March 09, 2007

I am a silly person

I've been reading a lightweight mystery passed on to me by a friend, and came across this sentence:

Her breath came in ragged pants.

There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with that sentence. Only a silly person would laugh.


Potentilla said...

I am a silly person too.

(Anyhow, there IS something wrong with it, unless we suppose that the writer of the lightweight mystery was entertaing him/herself. Now you will have to look out for more covert double entrendres).

The Editter said...

T.S. Eliot's Kubla Khan has the line:

As if this earth in fast thick pants were breathing

or maybe thick fast pants, I'll have to google it now, but anyway, when I was forced to learn this poem as a kid (Dad gave each of us a classic poem to learn when we moved to Spain, I guess he was worried about our English) (and I guess this sentence is increasingly proving why), I visualised a round earth bound up in tight nappies, kind of breathing in and out fast ... so I'm silly too! But you already knew that!

The Editter said...

well I was right on the fast thick pants, but of course it's Coleridge, not Eliot, and I knew that!

kenju said...

I am silly too, then. That is crazy syntax.

Pkchukiss said...

Pants are well and good, but I prefer diamonds

Pearl said...

He's a magician! lol.