At least it wasn't a $1,000 toilet seat

As Mr. Rewrite will remind his students in a few days, always check proper nouns. Too bad folks at the Pentagon didn't follow Mr. Rewrite's rule. According to The Freelance-Star of Fredericksburg, Va., those charged with defending our freedom commissioned a soon-to-be-unveiled monument that misspells the name of Shanksville, Pa.

Chiseled into granite:

"On September 11, 2001, acts of terrorism took the lives of thousands at the World Trade Center in New York City, in a grassy field in Shankesville, Pennsylvania and here at the Pentagon."

Mr. Rewrite also should note that there should be a comma after Pennsylvania regardless of whether the monument maker wants to follow AP style and abbreviate the state as Pa.

The article says the spelling will be corrected before the monument is unveiled. Woo-hoo.


Anonymous said...

The use of a comma after the last item in a list is optional and not required.

Anonymous said...

In this case, Pennsylvania isn't part of a list. It's part of an address, and as such, the comma is required.

Anonymous said...

Pennsylvania isn't part of a list in this case. It's part of an address, so the comma is required.