LATELY — 1 February 2006

Language and the Web

“Working the web since 1995, Derek Powazek is the creator of many award-winning websites, a couple of which still exist.” (source)

Does this sort of con­struc­tion grate on anyone else? I’ve been looking at it for a while, and I don’t think it’s ac­tu­ally gram­mat­i­cally wrong–the “working the web” mod­i­fier doesn’t dangle–but the sen­tence flow is right off. The “modifier” doesn’t justify what follows, for example, which would be the ex­pected outcome of a sen­tence that starts like this (“Working the web since 1995, Derek Powazek is ; it stands pretty much alone, unmoored.