Thursday, August 7, 2008

Pluralization FAIL.


So BRETT took a little break from bangin' out letters on his typewriter to wander around NYC. He spotted this crazy sign while he was out and about. He says: At first I was surprised to see from the distance a sign proclaiming "Men at work". This is hardly a PC phrase anymore, so I kind of smiled at the olde-timey phrase. Then I walked a little closer and had to reach for my phone. There are more than one "Men" working, so it's "Mens", right? Ha.

Here's a lesson for you kids: slapping an s on the end of a word does not always properly pluralize it! This is especially the case when the word is already in its plural form.

Kudos to BRETT for sending in this amusing picture!

5 comments:

Dave said...

I wonder what all those Mens were working on...maybe something was wrong with the plumbing haha

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Well, I suppose it's pretty obvious they weren't working on their *grammar*... ;)

Davyd said...

In the ghetto there is a phrase about "hot sweaty mens" although these days they might spell it menz.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Hmmm...never heard that phrase, Davyd! I guess I don't frequent the ghetto enough!

Becky said...

Classic! I love it!