The catch phrase of the United Negro College Fund is wrong.

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The catch phrase of the United Negro College Fund is wrong.

Postby I can argue can you » Sun May 24, 2009 10:26 pm

"A mind is a terrible thing to waste."

A mind is not necessarily a terrible thing, but this quote
is stating that minds are terrible.
The modifiers, and other words have an incorrect order.

It should be:

"It is a terrible thing to waste a mind."
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Postby Oleg » Mon May 25, 2009 6:21 pm

..at least they can't make you eat Zyprexa now that it's led to claims settlements.
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Postby bill » Mon May 25, 2009 6:36 pm

Your way may be clearer to a lot of people but I like the original way much better.

Because a wasted mind is a terrible mind.

To me it makes the point clearer that the advertisers were trying to make and plus it got them free advertisement by a comedian (I saw it approx. 20 yrs ago so please do not ask me to remember his name because I was in and out of the room at the time) did a skit about the UNCF and "a mind is a terrible thing" and drugs.

Thanks for sharing your point of view I can argue can you :D :D :D
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Postby phobos rising » Sun Oct 23, 2011 1:22 am

It should be

"It is a terrible thing to waste a mind."
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Postby raydpratt » Fri Nov 25, 2011 12:30 pm

In any event, I came to sympathize with the Geico caveman's complaint against the advertizing that switching to Geico is so easy that a caveman can do it. The United Negro College Fund began using ads showing an absent-minded taxi driver -- while I was a taxi driver.

Okay! Okay! You wanna go there! Put'em uuuup!
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