Grammar Wednesday

Because I’ve been busy this week, Grammar Wednesday is being brought to you today by the folks with a sense of humor over at English Fail.  These were some of my recent favorites:

This doesn’t really surprise me; I have kids who spell things the way they say them all the time (the most common example is students who write “would of” or “could of”)

Sadly, this doesn’t surprise me, either.  I was going to make a crack about the kind of student’s who are for McCain, but I’m going to resist…

I bet a bunch of you know someone for whom this sign is agonizingly appropriate.

How much do I LOVE that this is a screen capture from national t.v.?

Gee, ya THINK?!

Happy Wednesday, Everyone.  Keep those GW questions coming!



Filed under bad grammar, concerns, failure, funniness, Grammar, out in the real world, Yikes!

7 responses to “Grammar Wednesday

  1. What’s wrong with the Ass. Principal one? The standard rule is that if an abbreviation ends with the last letter of the full word, then no stop is required, but if only a few of the first letters, and not the last letter, are used, then you put a full stop there. So you get Ass. from Associate or Assistant, but Dr from Doctor, Inc. from incorporated but Ltd from Limited.

    Oh, I get it…

  2. I particularly like the pen! Alas, however, too many of my “student’s” ARE for McCain. Fortunately, they are too young to vote.

  3. I will have scan the newspaper article from this summer where they put my name in manner that bothered me. My last name ends naturally in an “s” and rather than show possessive by printing “s’ ” they printed it “s’s” in the paper.



  4. Thanks for making me laugh out loud! My grammar reference book says that you should put ‘s after a word ending in -s. They give the example: The bus’s seats. I had also thought you should write bus’ until I read that. What is the rule?

  5. The way *I* learned it (and I recognize that everyone gets taught differently) was that if you add an extra syllable to the word when you make it plural, you add apostrophe-s:

    ass’s Jones’s

    If you don’t add the syllable (and I’ve found that whether or not one adds a syllable is highly regional, just to make it THAT much more fun!), you just put an apostrophe on the last s:

    Moses’ St. James’ T. Vickers’ (hi, Thomas!!)

    I can look into this a little deeper if anyone wishes, but that’s the rule that I work by.

  6. fermat

    Mrs. Chili,

    I would like everyone’s opinion on this. Because school is back in the city has posted large signs of a bright yellow school bus. On the bus is printed “School’s back. Drive Safe.”

    I think it should be “Drive Safely.” Is the ‘ly’ slowly being dropped from the venacular? I’m too much of a prescriptionist for my own good.

  7. Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

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