I recently came across a small piece in the New Yorker, excerpted from the Wall Street Journal, that demonstrates how easy it is for something in writing to have various meanings and often, humorous consequences for the unintended meaning to be very humorous, and quite distracting.
In this article, Andrew Concors, a physical therapist and certified industrial ergonomist at San Diego-based CPT consulting, is speaking about the use of a ‘gym ball’ instead of a chair. No doubt you’ve come across someone in an office sitting on one of these things. The gym ball, also known as a Swiss ball, is said to better for your posture, physical well being, etc, than sitting on a chair.
Andrew points out that the gym balls are not without risk, stating he is aware of several patients who have ruptured their balls while sitting on them. Ouch!