Is a Mind a Terrible Thing?

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.

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