The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture


Friday, June 23, 2006  

CORRECTING TOM FRIEDMAN
The Rules are Established

Worry not if you neither subscribe to "Times Select" not purchased a copy of today's New York Times, because you missed nothing by not reading columnist Thomas L. Friedman's latest, "The World is Hot," a few hundred dashed-off words that offered nothing new and little of substance (though not without his requisite nod to "exotic" geography, in this case, highest Peru), and so you will allow me to stoop to some grammatical nit-picking.

Friedman writes:

For many Americans, combating climate change is at best a cause for green do-gooders and at worse something to be debated.

Note that Friedman wrote, and Times editors allowed, "best . . . and . . . worse."

No. That's wrong.

It's either "at best a cause . . . and at worst something," or it's "at better a cause . . . and at worse something."

In reality, the world is not flat, nor may one confuse the superlative with the comparative.

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