Sunday, April 26, 2009

These errors rub me the wrong way.


This picture comes to us from the fabulous WORDACIOUS. She says: What the heck is a non-friction book? And if the book is "non-friction" doesn't that mean the writer of the book is a non-friction writer? What good is a writer if he doesn't have friction?

Not only am I concerned by the use of friction instead of fiction, but I'm also troubled by the lack of a colon after the word "wanted." As it stands, it kinda looks like this person's looking for a wanted writer's assistant. And here I thought people didn't like hiring felons...

Thanks, WORDACIOUS, for spotting this amusing mistake!

14 comments:

LadyStyx said...

"Assistant must remember that not everyone is as wanted as them and so must provide own KY for a smooth entry into the workplace."

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

HAHAHAHAHA!!!! Nice one, LadyStyx! :D

Anonymous said...

If you were to apply, do you think pointing out the error would help or hurt your likelihood of getting the job?

Perhaps the poster is trying to show how badly the assistant (ie proofreader, maybe?) is needed?

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

That depends. if it were me applying, if contact with the job poster was solely over e-mail, I wouldn't say anything; however, if I was talking to the job poster on the phone, depending on his or her demeanor, I might bring it up in a kind but light, joking sort of way.

At the last job for which I applied, I found an error in a company publication that I was leafing through as I waited for my interview. The company had spelled its own name wrong in a line of copy. I brought it to the interviewer's attention. I've now been working at that office for almost 2 years. ;)

Dave said...

HAHAHA - It seems someone already has me beat to the perverted comment...Damn...

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

LOL! Well, you can leave a peverted comment if you want, too. Lord knows we're not limited to one perverted comment per post here at Red Pen, Inc. ;)

LadyStyx said...

*laffin* Sorry Dave!

Wordacious said...

The semantic error of "Non-Friction" was the first thing that jumped out at me and got stuck in my brain...I never did claim to be very punctuative.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Whether punctuative or non-punctuative, you're awesome anyway! :)

Anonymous said...

I'll need to check the dictionary to determine where I fall in the range of punctuative tendencies but I will say that I hate writing anything that doesn't include an elipsis or two used in a completely inappropriate manner as a pause. Also I like having a sprinkling of hyphens as thought dividers.

Cheers

David said...

That wasn't meant to be anonymous - I just had some keystoke faux pas on the way to enter my name. Oops.

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

@ David: I, too, an a big fan of the ellipsis! (And of semicolons. I go OVERBOARD with those sometimes...)

ChicagoLady said...

I'm just now working on catching up, and after all this time, no one has even made the slightest comment about "detroit"?

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

I think Wordacious mentioned when she originally e-mailed me that the location isn't even really in the Detroit area--is that what you're referring to? :)