Ambiguity: TC World, the magazine put out by Tekom (a European technical communication group), has both interesting articles and curious gaffs. This month’s offering is this curiout pull-quote:
“Without management support integration becomes an oxymoron.”
Not quite a squinting modifier, but without a critical comma, it is almost impossible to know how to parse the sentence:
- Without management, support integration becomes an oxymoron.
- Without management support, integration becomes an oxymoron.
Don’t leap to any conclusions: support integration is an accepted database concept. Further proof that the optional comma demanded by TC best practices is really important!
Oh, really? Gill brings home a small package of wasabi peanuts. The label warns, “May contain peanuts.” Hmmmmm….