Friday, July 20, 2012

Monthly Grammar Post/Rant

1. The graphic above is titled "The Best Way to Prank a Grammar Nazi When They Leave their Phone Unattended."

2. A CD reader recently sent an email to correct my recent post titled "Quote of the Day," which should be "Quotation of the Day."  According to traditional grammar style guidelines, "quote" is a verb and "quotation" is a noun, so it should be "Quotation of the Day," although there does seem to be some flexibility on this rule.  But I'll go with the traditional rule from now on, I notice that's the grammar rule Don Boudreaux follows on Cafe Hayek for his frequent daily quotations.

3. And here's a brand new collection from the CD comments section of the most common grammar/spelling/punctuation mistake in the English language:

a. That was a far steeper loss than the rest of the U.S. population, which saw it’s income drop by less than half that.

b. full rate at a top firm or takes it's chances with.....

c. I wonder if WalMart offers health insurance to it's employees in Canada or not.

d. I noticed you recently blogged about alcohol and it's negative effects and I thought you might be interested in this book.

e. A recent article shows how hard it can be to unwind so-called “green” programs, even when it’s failings are manifest.

f. Somewhere along the line government became it's own self serving entity.

g. People who read this blog would have taken the time to see the original speech in it's entirety.

h. My issue here is a term used to define a corporate strategy is being stretched to it's breaking point.


At 7/20/2012 3:11 PM, Blogger sethstorm said...

One more reason why hardware QWERTY is superior to the software solution.

At 7/20/2012 3:44 PM, Blogger Larry G said...

I think this proves without question that most who post on CD are cretins.

At 7/20/2012 10:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I take pride in never having one of my comments appear on Mark's monthly grammar rant.

At 7/22/2012 11:05 AM, Blogger reprise8 said...

I heard a caller to an ESPN radio (NYC), show recently:

"[Jeremy Lin/Tim Tebow} is just like [Tim Tebow/Jeremy Lin] - he hasn't achieved anything. He's just resting on his laurels."

People who have laurels to rest on have gotten them as a result of achieving something. The guy is using an idiom without any clue as to what it means.

At least he actually said the right words, as opposed to something like "for all intensive purposes" or "it's a doggy-dog world"


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