grammar Ford24 Oct 2006
Weird ellipses in a quote of Ford from this Tennessean article:
“I was there,” the Memphis Democrat said. “I like football, and I like girls. I don’t have … no apologies for that.”
WMCTV quotes him as:
“I was there,” he said. “I like football, and I like girls. I have no apologies for that.”
So which is it? Bad grammar or good grammar?
After watching this video, it’s clear he just corrected himself because he realized he was about to say “I don’t have any apologies”, which is a little more awkward than “I have no apologies”. I blame the Tennesseean for using ellipses to reflect his change mid-stream but including both negatives, but as Tari said in the comments, it’s difficult to deal with while still providing a verbatim transcription of his quote.
I won’t … not stay on top of this breaking political scandal as the developments .. uh, develop.