Tuesday, January 13, 2009

TO/TOO/TWO TUESDAY for January 13, 2009


This one comes from JUSTIN, who's one of my very favorite friends. This sign totally makes me smile. I'm not sure which piece of it is my favorite: the rampant unnecessary capitalization, the typo'ed word glady (which I think just sounds/looks funny), or the double whammy of the first piece of this sign--a homonym error AND a screwy sentence fragment all in one!

Thanks, JUSTIN, for spotting this one!

18 comments:

mama grammarphile said...

Perhaps the shopping carts were not stolen. They might have fled the premises voluntarily to avoid being associated with the grammatically inept proprietor of the establishment.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Hahahaha! Good one, Mom. If I were a shopping cart in that particular parking lot, that's what I'd do. :)

John Locke said...

After reading your post I think it is clear that the only thing stolen from this situation was someones knowledge of grammar...The Grammarphile Strikes again!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Perhaps, John Locke, it was the shopping carts' destiny to get stolen or roll themselves away from the parking lot. Maybe it was destiny! ;)

John Locke said...

Perhaps, it was destiny after all. The Supermarket spoke to me, and it was beautiful. All roads lead away from bad grammar...

Justin on The Point said...

Actually, knowing that plaza it's possible that the carts were rolling next door to the delicious sushi buffet (the one with the infamous "muscles" on the half shell).

ChicagoLady said...

That sign was definitely meant for English-challenged shopping carts.

Brian said...

I wonder if it's a hopeless cause that one day, some day, the masses will understand that an exclamation mark is to indicate enthusiasm or surprise. It does not indicate emphasis.

I don't think anyone working in retail is surprised at theft.

And you don't ever type two in a row.

This is what happens when you give soon to be ex Presidents a part time job.

He did invent a new word at his press conference yesterday.

“I think you misunderestimated sometimes.”

Pure beauty.

It has become a common acceptance that we use, ! for emphasis. Just like ellipses, for tail offs or lead ins. It's not really a bad thing. But you don't spray & pray them on the page.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ John Locke: Maybe those shopping carts have the numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, & 42 on them somewhere...

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Justin, I remember those "muscles"! Man, that entire shopping center needs an editor! :)

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ ChicagoLady: Written by English-challenged employees for English-challenged shopping carts!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Brian: What?? You mean it's not OK to type two pieces of punctuation in a row?? That's horseshit!!

(Kidding, of course!)

Brian said...

I will use punctuation any damn way I please.

And yes, I know I use too many comas. But they're free, so I figure, what the Hell.

I'm a rebel.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Brian, your comment tempts me to go against my very strict "no corrections mechanical errors made by kind RPI readers" policy. ;) Too many comas can be dangerous, you know!

Brian said...

Look you heartless Word Wench if you really have no problem watching me writhing on the floor in the throes of coma withdrawals without even a semicolon to ease the pain than all the heartfelt faith I placed in you was obviously misplaced and while I try to drag myself out of the dark bleak unforgiving netherworld of addiction I hope you will look back on this moment and find it in your heart to be more charitable to the next beaten down hopeless victimized soul that innocently crosses your path and desires nothing more than understanding love and a gentle helpful sympathetic guiding hand in their moment of need!!!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

If I were truly a heartless Word Wench, I'd note that that was the hugest run-on sentence I've ever seen. Luckily, I'm entirely too nice to say anything like that. Oh, wait... ;)

Brian said...

I'm a high functioning rebel.

Also. After going through a number of my books and finding some varying definitions, I'm starting to think my mini-rant on the use of exclamation marks for emphasis may be wrong or too narrow.

Was I right or completely off the map on this one? Anyone.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

I think the multiple exclamation points are annoying and unnecessary except in very rare and supremely awesome cases, such as "WORLD PHUCKING CHAMPIONS!!!" and stuff along those lines. :)