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    Filed at 1:19 am under by dcobranchi

    The authors of Trivium Pursuit are profiled here. In one of those “Oh, of course” moments, I learned that their now grown and single (yes, the paper notes their marital status) sons are the authors of “The Fallacy Detective.”

    And, for a bit of snarky fun, bonus points to the first reader who spots the usage error in this article lauding grammar and spell-checkers.

    4 Responses to “TRIVIUM PURSUIT”

    Comment by
    Alex Haas
    March 26th, 2005
    at 6:33 am

    “Hans Bluedorn says that some people are intimated by logic … ”

    Last time I checked, logic couldn’t do the “Wink wink! Nudge nudge! Say no more!” sketch fron Monty Python.

    Comment by
    March 26th, 2005
    at 7:23 am

    That’s my boy!

    Also, “None of the Bluedorn children have been to college” should be “None of the Bluedorn children has been to college.”

    But then again, newspaper reporters are not known for their expertise with the language.

    Comment by
    March 26th, 2005
    at 9:06 am

    I would have written “none . . . have” or “not one . . . has”. I’m not sure, how do you figure singular or plural of, well, nothing? Is the word ‘none’ a contracted version of ‘not one’? In that case, I guess they’re both singular. It just sounds right, “none have”, to me.

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    March 26th, 2005
    at 10:01 am

    According to the usage note atanswers.com “none” can be either singular or plural.