The best, least fawning part of George Will’s grammatically challenged tribute to William F. Buckley, who turns 80 today, has this to say:
Married to a woman who matches his mettle, his proposal to her, made when he called her away from a card game, went like this:
He: “Patricia, would you consider marriage with me?”
She: “Bill, I’ve been asked this question many times. To others I’ve said no. To you I say yes. Now may I please get back and finish my hand?”
Presumably, Buckley will send Will a note of thanks with a slap on the wrist, expressing both his gratitude for the column’s sentiments and his chagrin at its poor grammar.