Date: Tue, 7 Nov 1995 06:20:31 -0500 From: SETH SKLAREY Subject: Re: "One of the x that has/have"? BETHANY DUMAS wrote: >In a squib on Colin Powell (p. 35), this sentence occurs: > >"One of the fictions that have grown out of the constant interviewing >of Reed and other arbiters of right-wing political correctness is >that Amerians vote for a Presidential candidate mainly because of where >he stands on certain clearly defined isues." > >It seems to me that the semantic sense of the sentence calls for a >"One of the fictions that has" construction. If a student handed me that >sentence, I am certain I would mark it and have a little talk with her about >her soul. > >How about it? Is the NYorker slipping? Or am I? > New Yorker is slipping. On this subject, a lawyer friend has suggested that since the U.S. Constitution bars titled persons from holding political office, that Colin Powell is ineligible for having been knighted by Queen Elizabeth. --- Y'all again: I was walking with another man a few days ago when an older, black man asked: "Would one of y'alls help me with this?" Seth Sklarey Wittgenstein School of the Unwritten Word Coconut Grove, FL