Writing Grammatical Wrongs

January 25, 2011

Set your “Sales” for Two Tres “Cheek” Grammar Errors

Filed under: Uncategorized — BornFeetFirst @ 11:49 pm
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Double Grammer Whammy Day!

From a nurse friend who loves a grammar error as much as I do:



And, even worse, from today’s Seattle Times. Really, editors, you should know better!


December 3, 2010

You Can Trust This Robot

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This morning on msnbc.com, right there next to the latest snap of Brangelina, is proof that we have created robots with human intelligence. Actually, I should say that this robot has exceeded our intelligence, as he (she?) is able to keep secrets. We humans aren’t always so good at that.

The word “secretive” is an adjective, meaning “disposed to secrecy” or “not open or outgoing in speech, activity or purpose”, according to Webster’s Dictionary. By calling the robot “secretive”, msnbc.com is indicating that the robot itself is keeping a secret – no small task these days. I assume, rather, that this was a “secret robot space plane”, meaning, it’s one that not a whole lot of us knew about. Until now.

November 19, 2010

Edgy Edgey Etsy

Filed under: Uncategorized — BornFeetFirst @ 8:41 pm

Before you pour the lacquer, run your idea through a spell checker.


November 17, 2010

Plural’s and Possessive’s and Other Thing’s Too

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So, I’m totally sick today – sniffling, sneezing, and spending too much time on the internet. Of course, that means I just have more time to come up with grammatical fodder to ridicule!

I’ve visited this blog before and wrote a post about the writer’s use of possessive “inn’s” when she clearly meant to use plural “inns”. She ┬ánever corrected that post and she continues to mistakenly use apostrophes. I should thank her!

And, in another of this writer’s posts on the same blog comes this gem (below). It is so common, the misuse of a possessive for a plural. But why? Why is it so hard to understand that if you have two of something just add an s (or es). That’s all. No need for an apostrophe. Even worse is the inconsistency that I see in so many blogs, websites, craigslist ads… In the same post (as in the post below) and on occasion in the very same sentence, a writer will correctly and then incorrectly pluralize and then make possessive the same word. What’s up with that.

Case in point: the post below. The writer writes that there are many “membership inns all over Oregon”. Correct! There are several inns, therefore, an “s” is added to the word “inn” and wah-lah, we have more than one inn! But in the very next sentence, she continues that “in some of those inn’s, artist’s reside”! WHAT?!? Inns. Artists. Why the apostrophes all of a sudden? Oy Vey.

I offered free grammar lessons to the tutoring organization whose craigslist ad contained seven grammatical errors, but haven’t heard back from them yet. Perhaps I should offer the same to this B&B guild. Any takers?

“Your” An Editor?

Filed under: Uncategorized — BornFeetFirst @ 9:34 am
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Dude… if you’re advertising your skills as an editor, you should probably at least edit your own tweets first.


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