This line, which I’ve circled in red, on one of Twitter’s dropdown menus has been confounding me for some time now.
How exactly is one supposed to add someone from a list?
How about subtracting operating expenses to total revenue? Ever heard of limpet mines attaching from the hull of a ship?
Assuming, on the other hand, the “from” does not go with the “add,” the sentence means “Add lists or remove from lists,” a non sequitur of sorts.
Or the “add” might just sit there in the altogether, logically detached from what follows: you can either add (random numbers in your head or butter to your cake mix), or you can remove someone from your lists—an even bigger non sequitur.
And what’s up with the suspension points as if the invitation to add or remove were the teaser blurb on the dust jacket of a mystery novel?
I suppose the dot-dot-dot indicates that, in addition to giving us the option to add or remove, clicking on the instruction will also present us with an option to create lists. But instead of the dopey dots, why not simply say “Add, create, or remove from lists.” We’re already in preposition mayhem anyway, so what’s the difference? If you can add something from a list, you might as well be able to create something from a list, as God created Eve from one of Adam’s ribs.
And yes, I’m stuck on and obsessed with Lindsey Vonn.
But neither am I “obsessed and stuck on” Lindsey Vonn, nor am I “stuck and obsessed with” Lindsey Vonn. (I wish I were stuck with her, as in a hotel room or an elevator.)
I am stuck on and obsessed with Lindsey Vonn.