Dangling Participle & Reflexive Confusion – Thank you, Wired!

A Running, Cited List of Grammar Grumbles

UntitledThis is the opening paragraph to a piece on wired.com about the departure of Jeremy Clarkson from the BBC car / driving show Top Gear. It caught my eye initially because of the himself; the extraneous reflexive is a common error among the wannabe litterati because, as with many grammar mistakes, it sounds to them more dignified (when in reality it is, of course, plain wrong).

I paused, however, because, although it sounded incorrect, its placement in the initial clause, i.e. before the subject which it was reflecting, might have made it only incorrect sounding. The M-dash aside further complicates things because he, the subject on which himself is reflecting, is in fact the subject of that clause’s verb (screamed).

But the subject of the full sentence is departure, which not only renders the reflexive incorrect but also renders fired a dangling participle. If you take the M-dash aside as…

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