There were two ways to react to a tweet from the Associated Press this morning:
You might have been horrified, thinking just how insane it was that the plane carrying the bodies of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 had crash landed. (It hadn’t.)
Or, you might have found yourself shaking your head, wondering what it means for grammarians that the Associated Press has forgotten all about the importance of avoiding misplaced modifiers.
At 10:50 a.m. on Wednesday, just as news broke that a Taiwanese airliner had crashed, the AP tweeted the following:
BREAKING: Dutch military plane carrying bodies from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash lands in Eindhoven.— The Associated Press (@AP) July 23, 2014
The tweet had many wondering if the AP was reporting that the plane had just crash landed. Or, if the AP was just ignoring AP style.
The AP’s corrective tweet:
CLARIFIES: Dutch military plane carrying Malaysia Airlines bodies lands in Eindhoven.— The Associated Press (@AP) July 23, 2014
Watch your misplaced modifiers, people.