Picky, but thorough

Written By: admin - Sep• 04•13

Kacia is on a roll with submissions (over the last six months!). She even did some research for this one.

I should note that Kemps is properly non-apostrophized here, but that’s no excuse for misspelling premium!

A reach too far

Written By: admin - Aug• 30•13

First of all, I’m not sure what Menards is doing here. I would have said “type” of wood, because that’s a good, solid, no-nonsense kind of word. I think they were aiming for “species,” which would have felt awkward even if they had gotten it right.

(For the curious: “specie” is actually a word, so this may have slipped past some spellcheck software. But it doesn’t relate to wood in any way.)

Of course, one can’t expect much from YET ANOTHER company that can’t spell its own name. That’s right, Menards. I even read your “about” history page. And John Menard is ONE GUY, and I don’t see a mention anywhere of sons or cousins or even furkids. Argh!

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.

Buy our books, we totally proofread them.

Written By: admin - Aug• 27•13

I guess because they’re out loud, you don’t need to worry about punctuation. But the difference between “you” and “your” is still an issue.

Thanks, Michael!

Relay submission!

Written By: admin - Apr• 08•13

Diane (hi, Diane!) found this one, and texted it to GrammarTroika Sister #1, who sent it to me.

Better yet, Diane captioned it “Bad peanut! You can’t leave your shell!”

I think we like Diane. Also, I think I’d like some Pad Thai!

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?

The shady side of the sundial

Written By: admin - Mar• 11•13

For those of you not living in Atlanta: the Sundial is a restaurant at the very top of the Westin hotel. It revolves. It isn’t one of Atlanta’s cheapest dining establishments. So Rayanne isn’t wrong to exclaim

…when you charge $6 for an elevator ride, shouldn’t you be able to pay for a copy editor?

It’s worth noting that Rayanne found this and sent it to me quite a while ago, and the error is still quite live on their website. Noice!

New words still have rules, y’all.

Written By: admin - Mar• 01•13

Reporter #1 did the circling here, and she’s absolutely right. I don’t care if you can find the word “crockpotting” in your dictionary or not, it still is obviously going to need two of the letter t. It’s not even completely out of left field! One pots a plant, and that’s plant potting.

So there’s that. But Reporter #1 says the bad spelling “litters the site.” She’s highlighted some more for us.

I don’t know if Reporter #1 missed it or was just too tired to continue weilding her, ahem, blue pen, but there’s a little abused apostrophe in “photo’s” up there too!

But… they make poffertjes! and wooden shoes!

Written By: admin - Feb• 27•13

Colleen submits this on behalf of Diane.

Diane spotted this gem in The Reporter, the newspaper for the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.

I’ve been to the Netherlands. Even if you’re going to go with “Holland” instead, they deserve better than a misspelling and a missed comma!


Written By: admin - Feb• 21•13

I love Passive-Aggressive Notes most of the time. But as I read this note I realized they were way off. (Click photo for original website.)

This isn’t pedantry; it’s therapy. I think those of us wearing our RPB badges can totally empathize with Lowly Undergrad, who must have suffered for years before writing this.

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