The internets get it right!

Written By: admin - Oct• 30•13

Thanks to Davery, who spotted this and knew we needed to see it.


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Written By: admin - Sep• 13•13

…it turns out there is a GrammarTroika Sister #4!! I can’t even. Why her three sisters didn’t point this out when I named them the GrammarTROIKA is the question. Demerits! Demerits for everybody!

Anyway, it’s way too late to rename them, so here we go with a submission from GrammarTroika Sister #3 (who is, it appears, actually the oldest, but was the third whose acquaintance I made, so there) as photographed by GrammarTroika Sister #4.

I’ve highlighted the obvious oops, but the rest of this pushes my buttons too. I’d like to add some commas and change some capitalization. But most of all, I’d like to point out that this sign is timey-wimey. I kind of feel like if you’re going to post about something happening URGENTLY, you might want to take the signs down sometime in the next five years. But maybe that’s just me.

Also, confidential to GrammarTroika Sister #4: Hello! And welcome to the cult!

Your tax dollars at work.

Written By: admin - Aug• 28•13

Once again: if you are going to spend money to print something that is going to hang in public, don’t you read it first?

Thanks, Davery.

It’s springtime!

Written By: admin - Apr• 12•13

…and as we all know, spring is about capriciousness. With weather, for example, but also with capitalization, as Q has discovered on Atlanta’s own MARTA.

Arrrgh. Which is obviously what the gentleman with the painful back is saying. And speaking of that gentleman, this is a great opportunity to suggest that you all trot over to one of my favorite blogs, Sociological Images, and check out their excellent posts on default avatars and avatars who parent. (Their other posts are cool, too.)

How not to get my money.

Written By: admin - Mar• 27•13

Part of my decline into Oooooold has involved an increase in the number of pills I take a day. I gave up last year and bought one of those pill cases that has not just a compartment for every day, but two compartments for every day, so you can fit in the breakfast pills and the bedtime ones in different compartments. So I saw these from a distance and thought that they might be right up my alley until OH NO THEY DIDN’T.


First of all, can we talk about the fact that “pod” is a real word, not an acronym, so it actually doesn’t need to be in all capital letters? I mean, aside from the blisteringly obvious THAT IS NOT HOW YOU USE AN APOSTROPHE.

And fear not, RPBers. I did the dirty, dirty job of checking the prominently advertised website to see if the error is reproduced online and wasn’t just an extremely unfortunate typo on product packaging (which you really, really should double-check, if you make a product).


But this is where it gets interesting. Let’s break this down for a minute.

At the RED ARROW, we have improper capitalization and an improperly used apostrophe.

At the BLUE ARROW, we have the improper capitalization, but the apostrophe has been spared.

And then we have the part I’ve underlined in pink, which features a properly capitalized acronym with  acceptable use of an apostrophe!

I can only conclude that the copywriters at have decided to cover every single punctuation base they could imagine. Well done!

I fear for this person’s sanity.

Written By: admin - Mar• 22•13

Jake’s first-ever submission was bad enough. It really was. Now his second submission comes with the horrifying explanation that he sees this every day at work.

Jake says:

The sign is ABOUT mistakes! Was it on purpose?

I have no idea, Jake, but I can tell you that if I had to see this every day I’d rapidly end up in a field beating the living daylights out of a printer with a baseball bat. You know?

Your zen moment for this Wednesday

Written By: admin - Mar• 20•13

I just don’t even with this one.

Reporter #1 notes “It’s not just the weirdness, it’s the inconsistency.”

You certainly have a point, Reporter #1. But it’s also the weirdness. I’m so confused. Does anybody have any light to shed on this?

You can lead a horse to water

Written By: admin - Mar• 13•13

Reporter #1 was playing my game of trying to explain away the horror on some signage. Surely there must be an excuse. Right? RIGHT?

I was ready to make the case for this being right because it COULD be saying that “panini is italian for sandwich”… except for the pesky quotes… and the fact that they apostrophized it in the rest of the text as well.

You can’t make them drink, Reporter #1. You just have to let them figure it out.

Also, the capitalization annoys me!

Red Pen Gold Star

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•13

Katie says she noticed this sign, then went back and bought a cup of coffee just to get a picture of it. That’s dedication, peeps.

Katie was especially confused by the “understand our willing.” Because yeah.

I hope that coffee was good, Katie!

Memes aren’t exceptions.

Written By: admin - Aug• 17•12

They aren’t. I don’t care if you’re using the meme generator over a picture of Mother Theresa (which: please don’t). You still have to write it correctly.

Reporter #1 agrees with me.

I remember it. But I refuse to acknowledge that memory based purely on the creator’s inability to use the proper form of “you’re” as well as the unnecessary capitalization of If and To. I guess I can roll with the phonetic “enough” since the whole thing is meant to be silly, but that doesn’t mean I have to be happy about it.

Okay, now I am going to rant about this particular meme, which isn’t yet quite driving me absolutely crazy but is rapidly heading there. The first one I saw was the one with a cassette tape and a ballpoint pen that said “‘Like’ if you’re old enough to understand the connection between these two things.” And y’all, I liked it. I did. It took me on a little trip down memory lane; for a second, I was sitting hunched over by my dad’s desk, cassette and pen in hand and lap full of weightless magnetic film that threatened to knot into unsolvable wads with every breath, desperately trying to figure out where the tape had become inverted. I am, in fact, old enough to remember the connection, and presumably people somewhat younger than I aren’t, and that’s what makes the meme work.

See? You remember this. It probably happened on your TV this very week. And if you don’t remember it from seeing it on TV, you remember it because it is a cultural trope. Did you just relive a life experience unique to people of your age group?  You did NOT. Q.E.D.

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