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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
So I've been kinda busy lately doing other writing projects. Between editing novel #1 and writing novel #2, I don't always get the luxury of having lots of time for fun stuff like this. But one thing that's guaranteed to get me out of grammarphile-style hibernation is a less vs. fewer error.
Seriously, screwing up less vs. fewer is my biggest grammar-related pet peeve. To me, it's the grammatical equivalent of wearing Crocs or a Forever Lazy--it's something you Just Don't Do, like ever, but especially not when there are witnesses. Splashing a less vs. fewer error on the home page of a popular news website is a similarly horrifying idea. And yet, that's exactly what someone at this website did.
I saw this error before noon today--it's after 8 PM now, and I'm still shaking my head and sighing.
Posted by THE GRAMMARPHILE at 8:36 PM
Sunday, August 25, 2013
So there I was, minding my own business, just browsing the interwebs, when I saw it: a typo I couldn't resist mocking.
I realize the company whose website I was browsing has employees who enjoy writing creative copy for their clients, which I think is awesome. I've laughed out loud a few times reading product copy on this very website. Usually I'm laughing because the copy is funny or clever; rarely have I seen a typo there. Until today. Today this typo was the thing that made me giggle.
It's hard to spot; there's plenty of copy on the webpage, and the typo's easy to miss if you're just scanning quickly. Unless you're the Grammarphile, of course...
Yes, this company is creative with their copy, but I doubt their creativity extends to promising customers that a product can help repair their cracked "hells." I'm pretty sure hell is something a pair of exfoliating socks doesn't have a prayer of fixing...
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Clearly, the threat was that someone was holding the building's letter L for ransom. I heard the hostage-taker was asking for a Webster's dictionary and a Speak and Spell in exchange for the letter's safe return. ;)
Posted by THE GRAMMARPHILE at 9:37 PM
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
I don't know if I really want to be invited to this. Yes, I know they're BBQing, and it's tough for me to turn down a delicious hot dog (or as they say here in Philly, hot dawg), but I'm very afraid of going there and catching a case of homonymitis...
Thanks to MAMA GRAMMARPHILE for spotting this one!
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Oh, Copyeditors Needed Now, I hate to tell you this, but somebody on your staff has the brain of a dinosaur. (I can say this with confidence because I'm guessing dinosaurs couldn't spell very well.) I'm pretty sure that staff member doesn't have dinosaurs on the brain, though...if they did, they'd surely have spelled Jurassic correctly.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Doesn't anyone at this news organization understand that the largest U.S. nun's organization conjures up a very different picture than, say, the largest U.S. nuns' organization? The latter--which I think is what they meant to write--refers to a large organization of nuns. The former refers to the organization that belongs to one enormous nun.
I'm not a religious girl, but even I'm throwin' out a few prayers, hoping that this news website eventually gets a clue about proper apostrophe usage...
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
I saw this and couldn't resist posting it... Did you know sperm have tales? Not tails, but tales...and whirling tales, at that!
Part of the reason I've been blogging so infrequently is because I've been off writing a tale myself--it's not a whirling tale, but instead a tale of fiction. I'm sooooooo close to being finished the first draft... (And then comes revision. Fun!)
Anyway, just wanted to say a quick hello to those of you who still pop in here from time to time. Enjoy your Hump Day, everyone! :)
Posted by THE GRAMMARPHILE at 9:00 AM
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Oh, relax, you sillies! I'm not in jail. But tonight I'll be posting about snafus associated with a couple of guys who are in jail. Like this one:
Ahhh, Charles Manson. Looked creepy way back when, and got creepier-looking with age. But I found Helter Skelter, the (very long and very detailed) book about the Manson murders, to be a fascinating read.
And then there's this guy--less creepy than Mr. Manson, but I can't figure out why anyone cares what he buys at the jail store...
It should be no surprise, considering the homonym error, that this article was written by a Yahoo. *sigh*
In totally unrelated news, baseball season's started...finally! Which team are you rooting for this season?
Friday, March 23, 2012
Oh, those Yahoos! They're at it again, and this time they're messin' with Hunger Games headlines. (Readers, have you read The Hunger Games trilogy? I just read it a week ago and I highly recommend it.)
Katniss is indeed a heroine, but she's not a heroin. The author's dystopian world may have kids killing other kids as entertainment, but it does not have teenage girls being drugs (some role model that would be!). *sigh*
Are you going to see The Hunger Games this weekend? I'm going to wait a while before I see it (ew, crowded movie theatres!), but in the meantime I did at least pick up a few bottles of the Hunger Games nail polishes... :)
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Do you actually read the shit you write (and notice when a sentence is being cut off), or do you just hit "publish" without giving it a second look?
Never mind. I think I've answered my own question. But kudos to you for at least making this FAIL Hump Day-related. That takes true talent!