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"'Aguilera completely dissed both the ramparts and the fact that they were gallantly streaming.'

No, you did. You have dissed the ramparts and must apologize.

You remember sentence analysis from school? Please go read the first verse of the Star Spangled Banner. It is the "broad stripes and bright stars" on the flag (the song is about the flag you know) that were "gallantly streaming."

Not the ramparts. Ramparts do not stream unless one is hallucinating, or perhaps if a nuclear weapon has gone off nearby.

Hint: the song is about the flag surviving a battle at a fort, so maybe a rampart is some sort of fortification right? Bigger hint: use a dictionary if you don't know what a rampart is. Giant hint in the internet age: google > "define: rampart"."
- "chris111," commentor at the Washington Post, in response to Jen Chaney's short piece on the national anthem as sung at the Super Bowl. I'm just... wow.

Date: 2011-02-07 06:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Glad to see you back on LJ, Teleri!

I'm really hoping that the upcoming bicentennial of the War of 1812 will help educate people on the meaning of all that "flowery" language. Why, yes, the 200th birthday of the "rockets' red glare" does happen to coincide with my 55th birthday....

Date: 2011-04-13 07:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My cousin recommended this blog and she was totally right keep up the fantastic work!

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