Writing Grammatical Wrongs

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.

http://etsy.me/brd6z7

November 17, 2010

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

Filed under: Uncategorized — BornFeetFirst @ 5:00 pm
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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.

 

November 16, 2010

Tutor’s Needed for Student’s!

Filed under: Uncategorized — BornFeetFirst @ 6:17 pm
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Oh, this just makes my day! An ad on craigslist for part time “tutor’s” contains not one, not two, but seven, yes SEVEN grammatical errors! I guess it’s a good thing they’re looking for tutors. Perhaps their staff can sign up for lessons.

Here’s a link to the craigslist posting:

http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/edu/2063903071.html

Update: As of 9:30pm on the day of this post, the grammatical errors have been corrected. Could it be that someone at HQ received an email with a twitpic of the screen shot below? Who knows. They haven’t taken me up on my offer to tutor staff, though… still waiting.

And, since I plan on emailing them a link to this blog, I’m also including a screen shot of the page. You should take special note of the fact that the writer of the ad has not only turned plurals into possessives, s/he has misspelled the name of the organization! I’ve circled the organization name (Learn It Systems) and have drawn an arrow to the writer’s mistake: “Learn It System’s”.

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