Tuesday, July 22, 2008

WTF is this all about?


I have a folder on my desktop labeled "WTF Grammar." This fits nicely into the "WTF?" category. Does that say Hose or Whose? How exactly can brothers or a brother go poping? What is poping? And has whoever wrote this sign ever heard of this thing called subject/verb agreement?

This looks like it was written by a kid. I hope it was written by a kid, because if any actual adult wrote this...ugh. Then again, if it was written by a kid, this is pretty good proof that "No Child Left Behind" really didn't work...

Thanks to BRETT for spotting this crazy sign!

8 comments:

Joe said...

I think it's supposed to be "those brothers is popping." What that is supposed to mean, however, is far beyond me.

Mike Spoodles said...

This one is going to leave me LOL LOL LOL'ing all the way home.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Hi, Joe! "Those brothers is popping"...yeah, that's probably right, but damned if I know what that means, either. Sigh. Kids and their *language* these days...!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Hi, Mike! This one made me LOL, too...and also shake my head in disbelief/disgust...

JD said...

I think poping ios what the Pope does. But perhaps then it should be 'Poping'? This link may or may not shed any light on the situation:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=105x2966344

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Yeah, if Poping is what the Pope does, I'm guessing it should be capitalized... Somehow, though, I don't think the sign was referring to the type of Poping the Pope does, though! (Good lord, that was the typing version of a tongue twister...)

That link is hysterical, by the way!

Anonymous said...

"Popping" refers to a style of hiphop dancing that is somewhat chaotic and and jerky, like popcorn popping.

If "those brothers is popping," then they're having a great time dancing.

John

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Interesting--thanks for clarifying this, John!

I hear that the sign was in a jewelry store window. I wonder if people were really "popping" in there...and if so, I wonder *why* they were!