A few posts ago I wrote about misplaced modifiers (remember the groom in the silver Ralph Lauren gown?). One that has bothered me for many years is the motto of the United Negro College Fund:
A mind is a terrible thing to waste.
In fact, a mind is not a terrible thing. Modifiers (words providing more information) need to be put next to the word or words they are modifying. In this case, the terrible thing is wasting a mind. Therefore, the motto should read, It is a terrible thing to waste a mind.
I have gone to the UNCF website but cannot find a way to contact them. I guess I will resort to snail mail while the USPS still exists.