Saturday, July 23, 2011

A Harvard president should speak better English.

Apparently, the Winklevoss boys are incensed at a perceived insult from former Harvard president Larry Summers.

According to Slate, "In a letter to current Harvard President Drew Faust, the twins complain about Summers’ 'scorn for a genuine discourse on deeper ethical questions.' That and that Summers didn't shake their hands."

Summers is supposed to have said this about the boys who tried to get megabucks from Facebook: "One of the things you learn as a college president is that if an undergraduate is wearing a tie and jacket on Thursday afternoon at three o'clock, there are two possibilities. One is that they're looking for a job and have an interview; the other is that they are an asshole. This was the latter case."

  • Before becoming a college president, Larry should have learned that "undergraduate" and "asshole" are singular and don't go with "they're" and "they."

He needs to be in a remedial English class.


1 comment:

  1. Unfortunately, sloppy grammar is too often the case with many so-called educated persons. I'm not a doctor of anything, but many times I fuss to myself about the writing of my local newspaper reporters and television news reporters. If they passed basic high school English or journalism they should know better. Their most common mistakes are misuse of plural and singular forms of verbs and nouns.