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14 July 2004 @ 08:16 am
Ah, I Must Redeem My Rubbery Honor By Puncturing Myself  
Clearly the stress in my life has effected my brain:

Newly introduced tyre restrictions could mean that drivers start the final stages of the Rally of Argentina on worn tyres that have already punctured.

After reading this sentence I thought to myself, "Should that be 'have already been punctured.'?" I pondered puncturing. Puncturing, it seems, it frequently a passive action: "My thumb was punctured by the can". And yet, you can have an active puncturing: "I punctured my thumb on the can." Or, "Using his saber, he punctured his foe."

And yet, in both active examples, it seems that the subject is the one doing the puncturing. Does that not mean, then, that "have already punctured" means that the tyre is doing the puncturing itself?

All of a sudden I had visions of suicidal tyres plunging a dagger into their carcass, samurai-style, in order to redeem their honor from some strange, tyre-y stain.

Good morning, world. My brain isn't functioning properly. How are you?
Current Mood: sadstrange
The Gina: pirategrlshipofools999 on July 14th, 2004 03:33 pm (UTC)
I would say your brain is functioning properly...for you.
That is why we enjoy you so much. :)
puddlemizutamari on July 14th, 2004 03:56 pm (UTC)
you know... even in this IMMENSELY sleepie stste- I see your point. Apparently English is not their first language...
Sandpanthersandpanther on July 14th, 2004 04:09 pm (UTC)
I think it's just a British English thing.