Thursday, December 02, 2010

Assistant To the Quote of the Day


"By the way, to that letter-writer from Tulsa who just teed off on me for blasting (ESPN's) Colin Cowherd over his comments on unions -- it's just come to my attention that Cowherd once called Mrs. Doubtfire the funniest movie of all time. So that's my answer to the question, "What makes you think you're any more qualified to talk about unions than Colin Cowherd?" Cowherd thinks Mrs. Doubtfire is the funniest movie ever -- that makes me more qualified than him to talk about anything at all. I mean anything -- physics, dessert recipes, the Carolingian dynasty, lesbian relationships, anything."

-- Matt Taibbi, via his Rolling Stone blog

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, correct grammar would be "more qualified than he", not "him", but otherwise, I agree!

kanye said...

What brought the grammarians out of the woodwork today?

Anonymous said...

I prefer Mrs. Featherbottom.

Sr. Wrangler said...

Having spent all but the last four of my 45 years in Tulsa or the Tulsa area, I can assure you the letter writer thinks Mrs. Doubtfire is one of the funniest movies ever made as well.

zoephi said...

actually, taibbi's grammar is correct. it's "sth makes WHOM more qualified than WHOM", so you would have to substitute the respective pronouns in their accusative cases, which in this instance are "me" and "him".

Chez said...

I don't know, Kanye, but it's damn silly.

Look, Cheever, he probably whipped this out on his blog in between the other 800 things he was doing that day. Do you get his point? Of course you do. Great. Then shut up.

CNNfan said...

@Anonymous 8:03:pm.

In this case, common usage is

more qualified than formal English:

"than him" is cool common usage.

"than he" is boring formal English

Heather Hansma said...

Matt Taibbi consistently blows me away with amazing nuggets of awesome like this.

It almost makes me want to subscribe to Rolling Stone. Almost.

Kevin Davis said...

you mean "Assistant Quote of the Day"!!!!

CNNfan said...

I second Kevin's edit. So let's go ahead and promote Matt Taibbi to Executive Quote of the Day.¹

Correct me if I am wrong, but I noticed, the word "Assistant" is either a person, or relating to a person. So a quote may not have an assistant, nor be an assistant.




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¹ Apart from Kevin's point: Just kidding Management!

Kevin Davis said...

umm, does nobody watch the office?

Anonymous said...

Assistant quote of the day....but in title only. No pay raise or office (only a workspace). Of course on a trial period first.