Monday, 11 January 2010

Subsubsubclauses of the day

Paul Krugman is a great writer. And a pretty good economist. But just as as good economists can occasionally say silly things, good writers sometimes lapse too.

How long does it take you to figure out this sentence outside of its context:

Still, I think it’s important that just because I think Europe does better than Americans imagine doesn’t mean that it does everything right.
Can you count the nested subclauses on less than two hands?

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