The other day, a car wielding a bumper sticker pulled past me. The sticker said I should:
prepare them yummy food.
We stopped at a light, the car ahead of me. Taking a closer look, I laughed aloud. Someone had taken a Sharpie pen to the sticker, surreptitiously inserting a comma. It actually read:
prepare them , yummy food.
Later, I recalled a B.C. cartoon from years ago. The main character had just been decked by his heavy-set female nemesis. He had said:
Where's the beef, jerky?
I'd better be more careful where I place my commas.
I've looked at all the Similar Questions (sidebar to the right), reading about both misplaced and dangling modifiers. I understand the sentence constructions above are grammatically correct - which is perhaps the primary reason they're so funny (I think :).
Are these examples of the mischievous use of modifiers? Or is there another term for this form of humor or structure?