Monday, January 26, 2009

Non sequitur of the day.

According to dictionary.com and The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, Copyright © 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Company:

non se·qui·tur (nŏn sěk'wĭ-tər, -tŏŏr'), n.

1. An inference or conclusion that does not follow from the premises or evidence.
2. A statement that does not follow logically from what preceded it.

[Latin nōn sequitur, it does not follow : nōn, not + sequitur, third person sing. present tense of sequī, to follow.]

I told you all of that to say this.

Today at a website called Times Online, writer Jane Macartney began an article entitled “Fireworks and feasting herald arrival of Chinese Year of the Ox” with this paragraph:

“The Great Wall of China is not visible from the Moon, but new year fireworks can certainly be seen from a plane. Celebration of the arrival of the Year of the Ox at midnight was no exception.”

Say what???

Maybe I’m crazy, but I submit that even if you read that paragraph over and over, you will never know what Ms. Macartney was trying to say.

I have nothing further, Your Honor.