Learning grammar from Billy Bob Thornton

By Barbara Wallraff

I just discovered the rather hilarious site? blog? Celebrity English, which critiques the speech of the likes of Billy Bob, Angelina, and Jessica. It's much funnier for being absolutely deadpan:


Billy Bob has made an error in parallelism. His second sentence contains a list of items that are not all the same grammatical structure.

Dead-on, too, in its analyses of the celebrities' grammar. Even so, I would have preferred "are not all" in the sentence I just quoted to read "don't all have." (Since when are "items" "structure"?) 

The truth is, everyone needs an editor!

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2009/03/learning-grammar-from-billy-bob-thornton/49674/