On a roll!

Written By: admin - Sep• 16•13

GrammarTroika Sister #4 doesn’t just EXIST, y’all, she’s on a ROLL.

At least, she’s manning the camera manfully while GTS#3 organizes the submissions and quips “I assume they meant to say ‘split fryer.'”

You know what they say about people who ASSUME things, GTS#3. That is, they say that people who assume things end up eating chicken that was dumped on the floor by a British kitchen worker with a penchant for scrupulous honesty. Mmmmm floor germs.


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!

Academic digression

Written By: admin - Sep• 12•13

My lurker-friend Des sent this to me. I’m usually hesitant to post links to other blogs, because obviously One Blog Shall Rule Them All etc. But in perusing this one I noticed something so fascinating I couldn’t help myself. So I’m going to try to do this with as much internet etiquette as I can.

The image, on my server for posterity, but linking to its original (as far as I can determine) location:

Everywhere I can find this on the internet, there follows a bemused conversation about whether this is irony. I think it must be. I don’t want to live in a world where it isn’t, honestly. So that’s not the interesting part.

The interesting part is a comment from a guy named Dave, which goes like this:

I think you’ll find that is actually correct, as it’s a possessive thing. If you were to read it as an “it is” abbreviation, it makes no sense. “Great taste on it is way”….Huh?

For those of us on this side of the apostrophe wall, this is a fascinating glimpse at an actual attempt at logic. I’ve always wondered if people just stand there and think “Eh, it looks prettier with/without the apostrophe, let’s just do that.” Or if they even think about it at all. Here we have a gentleman (presumably) who is attempting to make a logical argument about his completely wrong belief that “it’s” is appropriate here. I think I love it.

So thanks, Des!

Things you can learn at lunch

Written By: admin - Sep• 11•13

You can pick up a GAP (whatever that is), but you should make sure not to NAP, because if you do you’ll miss the mystery lunch speaker! It could be ANYONE!

Thanks, GrammarTroika Sister #2!



The things we do for RPB

Written By: admin - Sep• 10•13

GrammarTroika Sister #1 says:

Okay, so the $26.99 belongs to Rose, and the $19.99 to Dahlia, but how much do the roses and dahlias cost?

True exchange at the nursery where these photos were snapped:
Husband:  what are you doiii… (Trails off and sighs resignedly) You’re taking pictures of grammar errors again, aren’t you? (Shakes head and begins walking away from me)
Me: (mock shouting after him) it is my civic duty to maintain the laws of good grammar. I’m practically a superhero, ya know!

photo 2

You’re a superhero in my book every day of the week, GTS#1!

The new American dream

Written By: admin - Sep• 09•13

Take it away, GrammarTroika #1!

This story is the embodiment of the American spirit. It is a story of the refusal to back down, despite the odds being stacked against you. Perseverance. Fortitude. An unwavering commitment to good grammar.

For MONTHS, I have been wanting a photo of this banner, but I am usually the driver on this stretch of highway, so no dice. I have even contemplated pulling over just to snap a photo. Alas, I had to just hope and wait for a time when I was not the driver as I passed this banner and would not be risking life and limb (and “cell phone in hand while driving” ticket).

On this past Saturday, FINALLY, I was the passenger! It was an American dream come true. Feast your eyes on this, my patriotic friends.

That’s right folks: Keep American Working!


No explanation.

Written By: admin - Sep• 06•13

You’re designing the tags for hundreds of garments. This is when you make up a word?

Thanks for sharing the outrage, Reporter #1.

Another futile yawp

Written By: admin - Sep• 05•13

Thought this might be relevant to your interests.

Yours in calling out gigantic multinational corporations on their poor grammar,


I’ve given up on this one, Shannon M. I think we have to reconcile ourselves to these. 🙁

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 little note I just sent

Written By: admin - Sep• 03•13
Dear Dragon*Con,

“Lie” is an intransitive verb that does not need an object. “Lay” is a transitive verb requiring an object.

These signs have been wrong every year since I started attending.
Attached is a picture taken yesterday.
Please, please, PLEASE fix this before next year. Dragon*Con is about welcoming and celebrating all kinds of geekery — please don’t make the grammar geeks among us feel left out!
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