November 30, 2006

MY MATH'S NOT SO GOOD....

Michigan man gets 3rd successful U.S. hand transplant (CNN, November 30, 2006)
..but two seems plenty.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 30, 2006 9:30 PM
Comments

Orrin, My neighbor years ago had his right leg cut off twice and the left one once.

Posted by: Tom Wall at December 1, 2006 12:34 AM

Certainly no stones will come from this glass house concerning one not being "good at math."

Grammar, however, is another matter. The adjectival expression, "U.S.," rescues the headline from ignominious inclusion in one of those witty Eats, Shoots and Leaves--type books we recently had looked at. The meaning is that there have been three such operation in the U.S., and that this man had the third. Without the "U.S.," the sentence would have implied either that he had had three such operations, or even that somehow he had three hands.

Posted by: Lou Gots at December 1, 2006 3:44 PM
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