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!


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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  never 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”.

September 24, 2010

Yesterday’s Spelling Turd

Filed under: Uncategorized — BornFeetFirst @ 4:08 pm
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Facebook is a treasure trove of grammatical and spelling errors and while I generally don’t correct or reproach my friends for their mistakes, I do reserve the right to use their blunders as blog fodder.

The status update (slightly modified): Yesturday my dreams came true!

I’m a fairly visual person, so the image that immediately popped into my head was that of a huge turd following my friend around all day like an excited wiener dog on a leash. The turd would wag its tail as people walked by staring at it, strain at its leash as it tried to race ahead, or sit patiently as my friend sat at an outside café to drink her coffee, turds not being allowed in Starbucks.

I then spent the rest of my day trying desperately not to think about poop. But, as you probably know by now, the more you try not to think of something the more you think of it. Yesterday’s turd is still with me today.

There are two reasons I felt compelled to blog about this particular status. Number one, and number two (cue cymbals). Don’t worry, I don’t intend for this post to be flush with poop humor. Oops, I did it again. The thing is that most people don’t seem to give a crap about their spelling or grammar, especially online.

So, do me a favor. If you need to remember how to spell the day that came before today, remember this: there are no turds in yesterday.

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