This popped up when I accessed the 411.ca website today (it was also on the website itself at the same time):
It’s strange because it’s an opinion question as opposed to the usual ‘facts’ question (e.g. “Who is the biggest selling musical act in the U.S., The Beatles or Garth Brooks?” or “What is the average rainfall in the Amazon basin?”) that are asked in these ads.
I wonder, given our current political climate, if there is a correct answer to this question (according to the advertiser) and, if so, will I still get the free iPod Nano if I answer incorrectly? Someone else will have to find out, because I never click on pop-up ads (and neither should you).
Incidentally, the syntax of the question raises a grammatical issue. I know what is meant by it, but when read literally the question asks whether Harper is a threat to two separate things:
- Gay rights
Purse snatchers, rapists and serial killers are a threat to women; some politicians are a threat to women’s rights as well as gay rights. The latter is, I believe, what is intended by the question.
I think the grammatically correct version of the question would be “Is Harper a threat to women’s and gay rights?” But I’ll have to check on that.