Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Grammar Citation

From today's front page WSJ article on McDonald's in Russia:

"During morning hours, McDonald's used to offer it's typical lunchtime fare."

4 Comments:

At 10/16/2007 12:58 PM, Blogger Walt G. said...

I don't think this is grammatically wrong. McDonald's is short for McDonald's hamburgers, which is a possessive use of an apostrophe and not a plural use. That would be the same as someone talking about Dave’s car and simply saying “It’s Dave’s” when talking about his car.

 
At 10/16/2007 1:03 PM, Blogger Walt G. said...

Whoops, missed the "it's."

 
At 10/16/2007 6:35 PM, Anonymous NumberWise said...

Although some disagree with us grammar sticklers, I don't think you're nit-picking when you point out this error. I've seen our local newspaper slowly deteriorate over the years, and now these mistakes are common. As the number and scope of grammatical errors have increased, the news has become more difficult to read and comprehend. There have been a few news items that made no sense at all due to the errors.

Where do we draw the line between what is acceptable and what isn't?

 
At 10/17/2007 7:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How's this, from an article in today's (on-line) New York Times:

“This is what happens when you are up against a very sophisticated multimillion-dollar campaign,” said Representative Brad Sherman, Democrat of California, who chided the Turkish government. “Since when it has become fashionable for friends to threaten friends.”

My highlight. Hopefully Rep. Sherman (D) doesn't really speak or write that way.....

 

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