Why It’s Nice that the “Tonnage Clause” has an “of” in it Rather than an “on”

For those of you who are interested in both odd clauses and little words, perhaps check out this article on why prepositions matter in the Constitution, with particular attention paid to the use of the word “of” in the Tonnage Clause.  As the author points out, “It’s not a preposterous proposition to postulate that prepositions should have effect.”  Precisely!

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One response to “Why It’s Nice that the “Tonnage Clause” has an “of” in it Rather than an “on”

  1. Speaking of the English grammar implications for the Constitution, does Odd Clauses go into the mystery comma in the Takings Clause discussed on West Wing?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A28880382

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