Wednesday, September 06, 2006

That word you keep using . . . .

From this NY Times article about the reintroduction of the VW Rabbit:


"Hence, the company pulled a rabbit, quite literally, out of its hat."


Really? Literally? Considering that this Rabbit is a car, that's got to be one heck of a hat. Did you perhaps mean "pulled a literal Rabbit out of its hat?" It's still not great writing, but all of the words mean what you think they mean.

4 comments:

Whit said...

You know, it's entirely within the realm of possiblity that they ment this hat: http://english.bna.bh/newsadmin/printable.php?ID=43878

Which means their grammer could be correct.

Kate said...

I suppose that is technically possible . . . .

Whit said...

All I'm saying is that sometimes you need to give people the benefit of the doubt ;)

mkf said...

You know about Literally, A Weblog, right?