Bad grammar on PBS: The fall of civilization?
Last night my wife and I watched the new National Geographic documentary “Quest for the Lost Maya” on PBS. At one point the narrator uttered this sentence:
Though badly decomposed from the acidic soil, Stephanie can still make out the remains of a human skull, and arm and leg bones.
The Maya created a great civilization that eventually crumbled. With badly decomposed archaeologists now examining their remains, I can’t help but wonder about our own fate.
(Note that the documentary is available for online viewing at “Quest for the Lost Maya.” Skip ahead to 27:40 if you want to hear the fateful sentence uttered aloud for yourself. Or watch the film in its entirety, which is well worth doing.)