spicysaurus (spicysaurus) wrote in grammarpeeve,
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Stupid drug manufacturers

I just joined this community, but I'm certain I will be at home here.

Has anyone else recently been bothered by the warnings at the end of drug commercials? Specifically, I'm irritated by this one:

"Talk to your doctor before taking this medicine if you are nursing, pregnant, or may become pregnant."

It's not parallel sentence construction. It should read:

"Talk to your doctor before taking this medicine if you are nursing or pregnant, or may become pregnant."

I don't know why this bothers me so much, but if I hear it even once in a day it will keep popping back into my head all day, like a bad song on the radio. It makes me want to throttle the big drug corporations' advertisers. If there was a way to "marker over" TV ads, I'd do it to that one.

And yes, I've been known to correct signs in public with a permanent marker. I admit it. I'm a huge grammar nazi.
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