Friday, January 2, 2009

Possession might be nine tenths of the law, but what exactly is THIS possessing...?


Red Pen, Inc. reader JEANNE started her new year off right. She says: This was enough to send me over the edge and email them a catty criticism about punctuation and proofreading. I started with "Happy New Year's WHAT?" and took it from there.

Love it! (I'm especially amused by this because I used to work in radio, and I've known for a long time that folks in the radio industry are typically some of the least grammatically conscious people around--so the mistake in this e-mail really doesn't surprise me a whole lot.) Rock on, JEANNE!

Also, JOHN ROACH has been kind enough to feature me as a contributor to his "17 No. 1 writing tips for the new year" post over at www.prowritingtips.com. He's compiled a really great list of writing tips--click here to check it out! My favorite tips on the list are numbers 2, 3, and 8--and number 5, too (for obvious reasons).

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Where I come from, this is correct. "New Year's" is short for "[the] New Year's Day" or "[the] New Year's Eve".

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

I think what it comes down to is how adaptable someone is with their grammar--are we too much of purists to accept this shortened form, or are we adaptable enough to run with it? I'm not sure if there's an absolutely correct answer to this, although I certainly know what my preference is. :)

Dave said...

Happy New Year! Heres to a much better year than last...08 was definitely NOT my favorite year. I have my fingers crossed for 09 - make sure you keep your red pens crossed as well! Congrats on the feature too..u iz so smrt.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

2008 is actually a favorite year of mine because it's the first year I ever got to see my boys win the World Series. :)

Violet said...

Argh, it's bad enough that it's a radio station from my city, but *this*...yes, "New Year's" really just irks me. Urk!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Hi, Violet! Sorry that the KC radio stations have a little problem with apostrophe catastrophes. ;) However, I'm pleased--and, quite frankly, VERY surprised--that this didn't come from one of the radio stations I used to work for. Between a few of our jocks and a couple of our webmonkeys, some of my former stations released a LOT of crappy grammar into the world...