The Associated Press Learns the Hard Way that Commas Save Lives

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Above you can see the tweet that the Associated Press sent in regards to the bodies of the victims of the MH17 crash. Unfortunately, the grammatical ambiguity of the sentence gave it an entirely different meaning. For reference, here's what it could have been:



See? Nerds on the internet get into heated debates about the Oxford comma and grammatical clarity all the time, but this actually had some consequences! Luckily, they clarified the statement:

Either an Editor Needs a Stern Talking to, or Bon Jovi is a Real Jerk

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This is one of those situations where grammatical ambiguity is a real problem.