Wednesday pop quiz!

Written By: admin - Jul• 08•09

Guess where Meg found this sign?


At the New York Public Library, of course.  🙂


Rock on, Meg!

Worth the pain

Written By: admin - Jul• 02•09

Okay, so looking at this picture is a little painful.  But give it a shot.  Mysteries lie within.


I’m pretty sure I’ve written before about the Southernism that is “can [product which is in a can].”  While it isn’t my preference, I’m not necessarily going to Red Pen it unless I’m in a really bad mood.  But here we have three different items (in case you can’t read them, they’re “canned meats,” “can soups,” and “canned fruits”).  What is up with that?

Monday doubleshot!

Written By: admin - Jun• 29•09

Seriously, peeps, this one’s better than espresso.

Before I begin, let me just state that I am proud of this fine grocery establishment for attempting to encourage its customers to go green.  Even if the point is also to sell cloth bags.  That said…

First we have the sign as a whole:


So, let’s see.  We have some bizarre capitalization, multiple (incorrect) iterations of “reuseable,” and… whatever that is going on with that letter “r,” there.

And further down the list, we find this:


Yes, that’s right.  “Less trips to the car ‘unload’.”  Obviously the first bit should be “fewer,” but I am not sure what’s going on with the unload stuck on the end, or with the random quotation marks around it.


I am clearly sleep-deprived.

Written By: admin - Jun• 18•09

It is the only explanation for why I keep missing submissions that are very clearly in my in-box.  I don’t think “mea culpa” even covers it any more.

ANYWAY… the fabulous “conversation” feature of gmail has allowed me to realize that Lauren, giver of yesterday’s gift, actually sent me another lovely “oops” way back in April, which she found in a WordPress sidebar.


This one could actually be a subject-verb issue — but I’m probably just trying desperately to keep it from being yet another stupid apostrophe moment.  SIGH.

Monday ZOMG! geek edition

Written By: admin - Jun• 15•09

There are already plenty of reasons to admire Ken Jennings.  And I suppose it isn’t really a surprise to find out that he’s a self-proclaimed “grammar Nazi.”  It is, however, delightful to find that he’s willing to have his rants linked on Red Pen Brigade!  R0x0r!

So anyway, check out this lovely post from last September, which I couldn’t restate better myself.  I am also going to slap one of the pictures from that post right here, because it’s too good to miss, even if you don’t click through.  (But you should; the blog’s fun.)

Thanks, Ken!


MARTA continues to hate me

Written By: admin - May• 12•08

Today it’s just a little light subject-verb disagreement. What’s next??


Facebook: My new nemesis

Written By: admin - Apr• 24•08

First of all, Facebook informs me that I can’t have five names.

And now this, courtesy of Kacia.


And while we’re at it… I mean, I know I’m not fluent in most forms of code, but would it be that hard to use the registered gender of each member in context with pronouns? You know, so it doesn’t say “Kacia just changed their picture” and I don’t have to cry?


Written By: admin - Apr• 02•08

Sarah writes:

when iTunes denied my child her Blue’s Clues, I got the following. … Apple has failed me! :^(


I guess the programmers there need to sit down in their thinking chairs and think, think, think. ‘Cause when we use our minds and take a step at a time, we can do anything — even master subject-verb agreement!

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