Thursday, July 28, 2005

Is It Just Me, or . . . ?

Have you seen these posters for the movie Wedding Crashers? I'm not talking about the ones that have a full body shot of Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn and say "Wedding Crashers" really big at the top. I'm talking about the others, the ones with close ups of either Wilson or Vaughn. They don't print the title very large, but they do include taglines. It's those taglines that get me. They are all awkward, prominent, and badly punctuated, like a tween's t-shirt or something from They say things like:
"If you can't cry . . . fake it," which, I mean, why have the ellipses? And then there's the stupendous:
"Free drinks, why not?" This is either a sentence fragment or a run-on sentence or both. Either that, or it's a really bizarre word order for "why not free drinks," which I don't think it is. I wish they'd used a dash rather than that dreadful comma. They should have saved the comma for the fake crying one. People should spend a full year in high school on the comma, or at least on Wedding Crashers posters.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

A colon would also have been appropriate: "Free drinks: why not?"
-Mrs. Good Reverend, grammar queen (not quite as prestigious as glamour queen, but it has its perks).

10:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those quotes are supposed to be "sayings". I agree that the ellipse could be replaced by a comma, but the second quote is perfectly fine. Its meant to be a response to something along the lines of "wanna crash a wedding?" in which "why not free drinks" makes absolutely no sense. Also the afformentioned quote does not solve the problem of neither a run on nor a sentence fragment.

8:59 PM  
Blogger The Good Reverend said...

It may well be a response, but it's certainly not a complete sentence. It doesn't have a verb and I can't really tell what the subject is. More importantly, it doesn't work at all when it's taken out of the context of a response to a question, as it was when it was pasted below Vince Vaughn's huge noggin on a bus stop billboard.

9:52 AM  

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