"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."
Languagehat dug this gem out of a comment thread on the serial comma. It's from a TV listing in The Times. It supports the use of the Oxford comma, but only because it keeps Mandela from being a dildo collector. However, even the Oxford comma can't keep him from being an 800-year-old demigod. There's only so much a comma can do.
I've mentioned before that there are things I understand (or think I understand) in Tolkien that I have just incorporated into myself without ever…
The celebrated composer Howard Shore on the objects he can’t live without—including an imposing piece of armor gifted by director Peter Jackson
I just had another facepalm moment My excuse is, although I've been reading LOTR for more than half a century, I read it before I read The Hobbit…