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I wonder if anybody's heard any good misplaced modifiers while lounging in my living room?

Asked by Blueroses (18236points) May 25th, 2011

Misplaced Modifier Definition:
Words, phrases, or clauses that do not clearly relate to the word or phrase they are intended to modify, often changing the meaning of the sentence in hilarious ways.

Everybody knows Groucho Marx’s “One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got into my pajamas I’ll never know.”
In this case the words “in my pajamas” was intended to describe “I” and not the elephant.

I laughed at “Across the valley, I could see a mountain sheep with my glasses on.”
So that’s where my glasses went

What are the best examples you’ve heard or read?

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dxs's avatar

foreshadowing a sexual joke

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Makes two of us.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

I heard a good one while I was “editing” bob’s dangling participle in your bedroom…

There ya go guys, lol. :P

Blueroses's avatar

I saw a family of ducks driving my car to the store.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Those ducklings had better have been strapped in!

Brian1946's avatar

I saw a great white shark on my TV.
Now my set is all wet with saltwater, and no matter what channel I choose, the shark’s still there.

Blueroses's avatar

I love that @Brian1946!

Covered in chocolate that girl will eat anything.
It’s true. Just dip her in chocolate and dare her

any resemblance to actual people is purely coincidental

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar


Wanted: Responsible babysitter needed for child that doesn’t cuss or smoke.

SavoirFaire's avatar

The woman walked the dog in purple suede cowboy boots.

6rant6's avatar

I can see Russia from my house, the home of our enemies.

Blueroses's avatar

There’s a dog on my sofa that is infested with fleas.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

I watched Harry Potter naked last night.

Brian1946's avatar

Here’s one from the media: “Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Only Eating Animals, He Kills Himself!”

Apparently Facebook’s founder has committed suicide after indulging in an all-meat diet.
Poor Mark: if only he realized that the diet itself would have eventually satisfied his self-destructive impulses. ;-)

Pssst: in a fit of editorial whimsy, I put the comma after “animals”. ;-)

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