Tuesday, February 10, 2009

No more *what*...?


Nice sentiment, poor execution... I agree that Ms. Suleman shouldn't have any more babies (she already has 14--yikes!), but if I were to make a sign about it, I'd have it say "No more babies."

And am I the only one who giggles when she hears the word "octuplets"? For some reason, I picture a fleet of little baby octopuses (or octopodes--whichever you prefer) when I think of "octuplets." :)

20 comments:

The Punctuator said...

Holy crap! He didn't just misspell "babies", he also used unnecessary quotation marks on "more", and if I'm not mistaken, there appears to be a faint apostrophe in "babys". This one picture provides enough fodder for a baker's dozen of us grammar bloggers. Nice one, Grammarphile. Also, there's something sort of odd about the guy holding the sign; it sort of looks like the torso behind the sign is too small for the rest of his body or something. Oh god, I hope I didn't just insult a "little person" or something.

Sasha said...

he he he, you made me giggle :) I am not going to say much - The Punctuator expressed all my sentiments :)

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

OMG! I totally missed the quotation marks! Good eye. :) I thoguht there was a faint apostrophe in "babys"--but I wasn't totally sure, and even from blowing up the picture, I couldn't tell.

Haha, I don't think he's a "little person"...I think you're safe. :)

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

This one made me giggle too, Sasha! :)

ChicagoLady said...

Maybe he was making a general protest against multiple births? Ok, I know that's unlikely, but I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt, instead of assuming English isn't his first language.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Interesting theory, ChicagoLady! :)

(Or yeah, it may very well be that English is not his first language...)

Brian said...

This guy actually lives next door to her, and I think we should cut him a little slack on his crappy sign.

How much sleep do you think this poor bastard's gotten in the past two weeks?

I can tell you, the last time I fathered fourteen kids I got so bushed.

(Okay, that didn't come out right.
Well, I mean yeah, it came out right...
I'm just getting myself into a hole here.
Okay, clearly I need to stop because there's no telling how deep I could go.)

I can't imagine what it's like to be around when all that crying starts.

(Forgive me. I'm lonely.)

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Y'know, if you're really, really lonely, I bet there's some crazy mother who could really use a little child care help. With the mother and her 14 babies, you'd have a total of 15 new friends. Granted, at least 8 of them can't speak yet, and 1 of them is a little deranged, but hey...if they can't talk, the likelihood of 'em pissing you off is greatly decreased, right?

EVula said...

That sign indicates that there are two people who shouldn't have any more descendants...

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

I agree! I'm not sure his IQ level is high enough that he should be allowed to reproduce. ;)

Brian said...

Could I just get three of the ones that can't talk?

I'd like two girls and one boy, in a variety of ages, and a jelly donut.

To go.

(If the only models available are ones that talk I'll take them but none older than 8 years. They have too many miles on them at that point and it's really hard to rebuild their engines.)

I'm sorry people, but I can't get serious on this subject, I've even kept from doing a piece on my blog. I'd snap.

I'd like to TASER this woman for about 8 hours.

HorribleLicensePlates said...

This one made me cringe.

I just love this website. You made me laugh daily.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Brian: You did NOT just go there...did you? 'Cause that just sounds bad...haha!

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ HLP: It made me cringe, too! And thanks for the kind words--I'm so glad you dig this website! I love your site too, and I have SO much fun being a member of the Platerazzi! :)

Brian said...

No, no,no,

I'm just saying I would take three because they have a much better chance with me than they do the zoo they're going to grow up in.

"Oh sure, me and my 13 brothers and sisters had a pretty normal childhood." He says as he cuts the cheerleader's head off.

If I raise them sure, they'll still kill. But only on command.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Brian: You'd at least better raise those little killers of your to use decent grammar!

Dave said...

How does one woman even give birth to 8 babies (excuse me octuplets)? The bad grammar might make you cringe, but the thought of having FOURTEEN kids in this day and age... I don't even know. If I was the father I would need a bottle of liquor and a bus schedule...

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ Dave: How does one woman give birth to 8 kids? Probably very, very PAINFULLY...

It would kinda be a fun game to give people a bottle of liquor and a bus schedule, and see where they eventually end up... :)

EVula said...

Depends on how much they use the former before the latter, I would think...

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

That's SO true, EVula!

Is it bad that I totally have a list in my head of people that I'd love to play that little game with...who would, I'd hope, be so drunk that they'd think going somewhere far away and not-so-fun, like Arkansas or West Virginia, would seem like a really great idea at the time?

(Yeah, I'm kinda evil sometimes.)