We donâ€™t have liftoff
Mary and David Savoie had returned to their favorite viewing spot along the Indian River, bringing cousins from Pennsylvania to watch the shuttle launching in the distance.Â Joshua Lacy had settled beside them with a cooler, and nearby, Tony Vivian had fired up his radio and grill.
All had staked out a grassy lot beside Route 1 to watch the first space shuttle liftoff in more than two years, but after hearing that the launching had been scrubbed, all left dejected.
“It was going to be so perfect,” said Ms. Savoie, casting one last glance at the Discovery, barely a glimmer across the water, before driving home to Sanford, near Orlando.Â “Oh, well, make that past tense now.”
– New York Times, 14 July 2005
No, damn it, make that subjunctive!Â Regular old past tense is used for things that actually happened in the past!Â Grammar idiocy is killing this nation.