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Thursday, May 17th, 2007
4:57 pm

This is just a typo (well, two) but I think it's something every grammar nerd can enjoy:


This Saturday we will be staffing invitations to:

Opening Gala
Hilton Hotel Gala
Other Events coming up in the next week!!!

Come join us bright and eary at 10 AM for COFFEE AND PASTIES and some FUN while
staffing[stuffing?] envelopes!

Thursday, January 11th, 2007
2:20 pm
This made me LOL...

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006
2:04 pm
It's a prop :)
Post taken from AskOxford.

It is raining. In this sentence there is no reference to what 'it' is. Can this sentence stand alone as grammatically correct?

There is nothing wrong with sentences of this type. Grammar books give different names to it: the Oxford English Grammar by Sidney Greenbaum calls it prop it.

The pronoun it has four uses: referring, anticipatory, cleft and prop ... Prop it (or empty it) is used to fill the place of a required function - generally the subject - but has little or no meaning. It is particularly frequent in expressions referring to weather and time:
It's really hot in here
It's a bit late now

Prop it also occurs in functions other than as subject, including some idiomatic expressions:
She insisted on going it alone
I'm just taking it easy

Current Mood: working
Friday, October 20th, 2006
4:59 pm
Less v Fewer
Interesting that Tesco gets it wrong and Marks & Spencers gets it right :)

10 items or less - TESCO

10 items or fewer - M&S


Cross-posted from my journal.

Current Mood: busy
Sunday, July 16th, 2006
9:44 pm
A post in the Seattle community starts like this:
"Here is how you find a house, apartment, condo, or cardboard box to live in when you decide that you are going to move somewhere in Seattle site unseen."

I'm almost positive it should be "sight unseen" but can't find proof anywhere. Does anyone know for sure/have a source?
Tuesday, July 11th, 2006
2:50 pm
txt msg
Cingular just sent me this gem in a text message:

"Want to know the name of a song or artist?  It's easy!  Dial #43 and hold ur phone up 2 the music."

I understand that it's a text message, but come on...ur a huge multi-billion dollar corporation.  Please try harder. 
Saturday, April 29th, 2006
9:59 pm
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.
Wednesday, January 11th, 2006
11:51 pm
The biggest loser.
No. Someone tell me I didn't see it. PLEASE!! Someone tell me that in the beginning of the show, they did NOT have the words "Your trainer's" followed by photos of them. Ugh.

WHEN IN DOUBT LEAVE IT OUT! And who's editing this stuff anyway??? How did that get by????
Saturday, January 7th, 2006
8:10 pm
Oh, California.
I recently returned from a trip to Southern California. There, I kept seeing neon signs like these:


My favorite?


It was just too much.
Thursday, December 22nd, 2005
6:58 am
Thursday, December 15th, 2005
8:18 am
LJ threads to cry over
Here are some gems I stole from a photography LJ. There was some discussion about a picture of what looked to be a cat's paw covered in snow, and whether or not the animal was dead.

What does the fact weither the animal is dead or not have anything to do with it being beautiful. Even if it is dead its still beautiful, anyone who thinks different has some major problems with life and death, death is as natural as the growth of a flower.

WEITHER? Eek. Also, since when do we end a question with a period? And commas and apostrophes, unite!

I honestly doubt anyone is morning over some rando picture of a dead cat. A picture of a dead cat is not sad, unless of course its your cat that you deaply love. In conclusion I'm not trying to insult anyone or whatnot, I just simply think that its silly to say that something so beautiful like a picture of a frozen dead cats paw is sad, because it not.

Morning? Rando? Is that like Rambo? Deaply?

And yet another post in a photography LJ about psychics:

YES, I know when Dionne Warwick was doing those commercails. She also sang "doe's anybody know the to san jose" none of the psychics gave her directions.

*facepalm* While I don't have the desire to claw my eyes out, I "morn" for the dead grammar. :)

Ahh, what a great way to start off the day!

Current Mood: amused
Wednesday, December 14th, 2005
11:11 am
Chrystler commercial
Okay, I'm a newbie, so I hope this doesn't come across sounding holier-than-thou. I was watching a Chrystler commercial this morning and at the end of it (the commercial, not the morning) there was a tagline that announced, "Good Till 2007" or some other year. I was thinking, "TILL???" Even if you were wanting to shorten 'until', aren't you supposed to use an apostrophe attached to TIL? A till is like a cash drawer (noun) or relating to farm crops (verb), isn't it? Did 'till' suddenly become proper useage to replace 'until'?

Current Mood: confused
Thursday, December 8th, 2005
5:40 pm
Spam email.



If you qualify, no tests, study, books or exams.

We have Bachelor's, MBA's, Doctorate's & PhD's degrees available in your field.

I received this in an email a few minutes ago, and it made me laugh for a long time.
Tuesday, December 6th, 2005
2:24 pm
(it's so easy)

Fellow lovers of grammar, I have found a shirt to represent us!


Tuesday, November 29th, 2005
9:13 am
I giggled all the way in on the train...
Nothing like mixing serious discussion of punctuation with a great metaphor. Yes, I'm a geek.

"So what happened to the comma in this process? Well, between the 16th century and the present day, it became a kind of scary grammatical sheepdog. As we shall shortly see, the comma has so many jobs as a "separator" (punctuation marks are traditionally either "separators" or "terminators") that it tears about on the hillside of language, endlessly organising words into sensible groups and making them stay put: sorting and dividing; circling and herding; and of course darting off with a peremptory "woof" to round up any wayward subordinate clause that makes a futile bolt for semantic freedom. Commas, if you don’t whistle at them to calm down, are unstoppably enthusiastic at this job."

~ Eats, Shoots & Leaves ~ Lynne Truss

x-posted to barlow_girl, literaryquotes, and grammarpeeve
Wednesday, September 21st, 2005
11:19 am
Nice to know the Usage Panel's on my side.
From the dictionary.com definition of dialogue:

Usage Note: In recent years the verb sense of dialogue meaning "to engage in an informal exchange of views" has been revived, particularly with reference to communication between parties in institutional or political contexts. Although Shakespeare, Coleridge, and Carlyle used it, this usage today is widely regarded as jargon or bureaucratese. Ninety-eight percent of the Usage Panel rejects the sentence Critics have charged that the department was remiss in not trying to dialogue with representatives of the community before hiring the new officers.
Sunday, August 7th, 2005
11:03 pm
Work E-mail Never Ceases to Disappoint
"Your schedule will be stay this way until the HP Department outage schedule goes into affect at which time you will follow that posted schedule."
There are three items of interest, the first of which is the apparent typo "... be stay ...". I will overlook this I suppose. Second is the obvious misuse of "affect". I do admit that I have to think about whether effect or affect are most appropriate in many cases, but a little thinking does a body good. Finally, I believe there should be a comma after the inappropriate "affect". Is that right?
Monday, July 18th, 2005
10:58 am
Typos vs. grammar stupidity
Typos don't bother me so much. I tend to make TONS of typos, mostly "teh" for THE and "becah" for beach, stuff like that. I can read between the typos, so I have no problem knowing what other people meant when they type a typo.

One of my biggest grammarpeeves is the misuse of there/their/they're. It grates on my nerves like crazy.

I recently typed up a story and wasn't able to proof read it for a few days. When I DID proof it, I found that I had used THERE instead of THEIR *3 TIMES!!!*

*hangs head in shame*

That, my friends, was a total typo. And I do it frequently, but tend to notice as I type it that I just typed there instead of their. Ugh. And so anyone who read it before I fixed it probably cringed, and thought I was a dummy.

Friday, April 29th, 2005
8:14 pm
First line of e-mail from my 'acting' section manager:
"The Monday Morning Safety Meetings will be attended by myself and Jon Fournet our 5130 Section Manager."

Jon Fournet, our 5130 Section Manager, and I will attend the Monday Morning Safety Meetings.

The Microsoft Word grammar checker likes active voice and, of course, 'myself' never does anything.
Friday, March 11th, 2005
2:01 pm
Just so we're clear:
I peek through the window at the peak of the mountain to see the sunrise which has piqued my interest.

that is all.
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