An Ambiguous Church Kneeler

When I was contemplating the sentence predictor problem from the previous entry, I remembered cases where phrase fragments led to some interesting interpretation problems. Who could forget Orlando Jones as the marketing genius who changed “Make 7-Up Yours” to “Make Seven…Up Yours”?

A better example may be an incomplete prepositional phrase on an embroidered church kneeler. The needlepointers in one congregation were asked to complete a set of kneelers each of which contained a phrase from a particular Psalm. Once they were all stitched, the group would spell out the entire Psalm.

My friend picked out the phrase I would have chosen myself – Go to The. It amused me because if you couldn’t remember the Psalm, the next word could literally have been any location, and I do have a very active imagination.

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