Ever since Oxford and Cambridge Joint Board GCE English Language A made us explain “what is wrong in the following sentences?”, I’m a fan of weird misplaced modifiers.
- There’s a man at the door with a wooden leg called Phil. [What’s his other leg called?]
- The antique dealer put her large chest at the front of the shop.
- The statue’s erection completed the town’s square. [Those two guaranteed to raise a laugh in any classroom.]
Not to mention the “half-Shropshire chicken” on a local pub’s lunch menu. [What’s the other half of its ancestry?]
An all-time favourite, from an actual examination script:
- Henry VIII wanted a divorce because his wife wouldn’t give him a son. So he asked the Pope, who wouldn’t give him one either.
But this one had me totally pole-axed, for more reasons than one: