Out of the woodwork

Written By: admin - Jan• 20•10

Reporter #1 is back!  She has this to say:

I can’t decide if the sheer offensiveness of it outweighs the bad grammar, or if the two combined is just all the more horrid.

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Yeah, that really is a fascinating dilemma, Reporter #1.  Random capitalization, missing punctuation, the charming use of “n” as a word, and whatever “with political 2 cents” can be called.  You’ve done it again!

A breath of fresh air

Written By: admin - Oct• 28•09

I mean, it’s not right or anything.  It’s just that it gets old finding quotation marks used for emphasis, or apostrophes used to alert the reader to the approaching of a letter “s.”  Sometimes it’s a blessing to find a totally new error.  A creative error.

This one actually made me laugh out loud.

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Too good to miss

Written By: admin - Oct• 20•09

Normally I ignore those little ads on the right side of my Facebook page.  If I tried to red pen all of them I’d have a full-time job right there!  But this one was just too good to miss.


Did you catch that, guys?  Nurses are in Desperate Need.  It does make one wonder why anybody would want to become a nurse, given that they’re in such Desperate Need.  It’s so desperate that it has to be capitalized!  And that sentence fragment at the end just completes the disaster.

SUSAN WEEK #4: Questionable math

Written By: admin - Oct• 15•09

First of all, I’d like to point out that I could have cropped this picture.  I chose not to because I find it so amusing that Susan pulled over and photographed this one from her car!


Susan asks, “Hmmm… what is .99 of a tan?  One of my pet peeves is what that is!”  Apparently Susan really wants you to include a zero before a decimal point.  I’m not well-versed enough in math errors to comment on that, but I will say that this one calls to mind the beauty that is VerizonMath.  And anything that does that is a good thing.

SUSAN WEEK #3: Wednesday 3-fer

Written By: admin - Oct• 14•09

Susan went to Long John Silver’s and got all Red Pen-y up on them.  This is what she saw:


Let’s start at the top and move clockwise.   First we have this:


Susan thinks that this is evidence of an author fighting with automatic spell-check, which capitalizes each new line.  I’m worried that it might just be random.  Either way, you can’t gloss over the cheerful “Taste and Quality” quotation abuse!


This one’s harder to see, so I’ll summarize:  the words “fish” and “shellfish” are apparently proper nouns and are capitalized where they shouldn’t be.  The best part is that the error is replicated in the Spanish.

And last, but not least:


I think they murdered a period in there somewhere.

3 Wednesday cheers for Susan!

$ay what?

Written By: admin - Oct• 05•09

Following in the footsteps of last week’s thrifty sign-writer, these folks would like you to know that the normal rules of dollar-sign usage don’t apply to them.  They’re optional! They go after the figure! It’s all good!


Thrift as virtue?

Written By: admin - Oct• 01•09

Bill M. found this one in Berkeley, CA, and says:

The sign appears to be missing a hyphen and lacks consistent capitalization. Evidently the thrift store was too thrifty to have their sign proofread.


Looks like it’s missing a dollar sign, too, Bill.  Wazzup!!

The monster’s under the bed.

Written By: admin - Sep• 07•09

The very ritzy, brand-new work/live/play complex near our house has movies in the “park” (a centrally-located, slightly green area) weekly during the summer and early fall.  I spotted this lovely abuse of an apostrophe there last weekend.  Actually, I think this one counts as a double mistake:  the apostrophe is incorrect, and the correct title has a comma after the “s” as well.


You thought “Vote Grammar!” was over…

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•09

So I’ve been walking past this recently.


I’m not going to fault it for the quotation marks.  If there’s a time to use random quotation marks without attribution of a quote, it’s probably with political slogans.  So that gets a pass.  But as far as I can tell, we’re also looking at

  1. a comma instead of a semicolon;
  2. a total lack of concluding punctuation; and
  3. a really interesting random capitalization of “she” and “already.”

Now I could understand capitalizing “already” if they were making a play on the candidate’s name or something.  In this case, let me assure you that the candidate’s name is totally unrelated.  So…

When u REALLY need to save two characters…

Written By: admin - Jul• 30•09

…but are unwilling to compromise otherwise.

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(Title and screencap thanks to Reporter #1!)

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