Friday, April 09, 2010

From the annals of How The Irish Saved Civilization

And a member of Congress, no less!

Representative Patrick Murphy (D-Pennsylvania) is the chief House whip working to round up votes to repeal the military's anti-gay "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy. According to Wikipedia,* he is the first Iraq War veteran to serve in Congress. He retired with the rank of Captain, and won a Bronze Star.

Read this short NYT profile about him, for a nice shot of encouragement. For more info, see his official Congressional site's page on repealing DADT.


* Which also tells me that he was the only member of Congress to vote against a resolution honoring the New York Giants. Eh, he's from Pennsylvania, ergo an Eagles fan. No one's perfect.


Anonymous said...

Yer blog is gettin' stale.


Anonymous said...

By the way, "no one" isn't two words. In the 2nd paragraph you should have written "noone's."

Honest. You can trust me on this.

TC said...

I don't think it's as clear as that. There is a debate about whether "none" is singular or plural,i.e.,from

>>Usage Note: It is widely asserted that none is equivalent to no one, and hence requires a singular verb and singular pronoun: None of the prisoners was given his soup. It is true that none is etymologically derived from the Old English word ān, "one," but the word has been used as both a singular and a plural noun from Old English onward. The plural usage appears in the King James Bible as well as the works of John Dryden and Edmund Burke and is widespread in the works of respectable writers today. Of course, the singular usage is perfectly acceptable. The choice between a singular or plural verb depends on the desired effect. Both options are acceptable in this sentence: None of the conspirators has (or have) been brought to trial. When none is modified by almost, however, it is difficult to avoid treating the word as a plural: Almost none of the officials were (not was) interviewed by the committee. None can only be plural in its use in sentences such as None but his most loyal supporters believe (not believes) his story. See Usage Notes at every, neither, nothing.<<

However notice that they define "none" as:

no one; not one: None of the members is going.

In the dictionary itself they define "none" as "no one" rather than "noone." In fact if you write noone your spell checker will underline it as a misspelling.

What's your authority for stating that "no one" is not two words? "noone" does not appear in any dictionary I have at hand.