being mean

March 26th, 2008

I know, I know, I’m being mean, but I just can’t help myself:

Here’s a sentence lifted out of this article:

 The information required includes name, nationality, gender, date of birth, passport number, expiration date, and status.

Um, well,  I don’t think any of us gets to know our expiration date until we actually expire….

I know, swapping the comma between ‘passport number’ and ‘expiration date’ so that it read “passport number and expiration date” would fix it up just perfectly, and anybody with a minimal competence in English can see that, but still, I need a little light relief after a long day.

2 Responses to “being mean”

  1. Matt Schiavenza Says:

    I think a proper response should be “sometime in the mid 2060s, I hope”

  2. wangbo Says:

    Yes, but I wonder if an application needs to be submitted in triplicate to some obscure office of the Civil Affairs Bureau….