Written By: admin - Apr• 12•11

It’s the middle of the month (is too.  Play along.), and I’m bored, and… new Robi-banner!  This is the second of the several Robi the Awesome gave me for my birthday.  Enjoy!

If you’re going to use Latin, use it right!

Written By: admin - Apr• 11•11

Meg says this is one of her pet peeves.  I would be less charitable.

Delicious doesn’t get you off the hook.

Written By: admin - Apr• 08•11

I love Willy’s Mexicana Grill, and I’ll tell you the #1 reason why, which is that their sinaloa tofu is actually delicious, and doesn’t make me feel like a second-class citizen for avoiding meat.  But I don’t care how delectable that orange juice and garlic marinade is, it doesn’t make this apostrophe abuse okay.

I kind of hoped that asterisk led to a footnote saying “Just kidding! We know there’s no reason to use an apostrophe here!” but it didn’t.  Alas.

Not a good idea.

Written By: admin - Apr• 06•11

There’s lots to talk about here, but Colleen draws our particular attention to Rule #7, which she feels indicates her HOA is out to kill her.  I think she’s right.

I’ve been trying to parse that in a reasonable way for ten minutes, and it’s not working.  Anybody?

Shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich…

Written By: admin - Apr• 04•11

…and this jumbo shrimp clearly has vaporized vegetables.  Right, Katie K?  This is pretty clear to me, so I’m not sure why you sent it in.

Oh wait a second… what the heck are vaporized vegetables?

If only they tasted as good as they sound.

Written By: admin - Apr• 01•11

It is indeed April Fool’s Day.  But this packaging is 100% for real.

I want to meet the people who write these things.  I imagine them as very deep thinkers.

Red pen, yes, but WHAT TO WRITE

Written By: admin - Mar• 30•11

You could go several ways with this one.

Men: Restroom.  Men’s restroom.  Or, you know, if it’s that kind of place, it could be indicating where one would find men, which is near the place one would find the restroom, and then you’d go with a nice comma.  Colleen feels it’s a declaration of manliness in the “we don’t need no stinking possessives!” sense.  Take your pick.


Written By: admin - Mar• 28•11

Al had fun in a bakery!  He found these, and wondered if the name meant “cookies for morons.”

Now, the internet informs me that this is a thing, and… OMG there is a Global Cookies website!

Sorry, got distracted there.  Anyway, it’s a thing, so there’s nothing wrong with this label.  Fortunately, this tray was nearby, and Al caught it too:

The bakers may speak Spanish and may not be morons, but it seems someone there is colorblind!


Written By: admin - Mar• 25•11

Reporter #1 sends in this snapshot she took, explaining that “For those of us who live in Tim Hortons country, it’s that festive time of year called Rrroll up the Rrrrim to Win!”  She also mentions that “since I haven’t ‘won’ so much as a free coffee, I can’t really speak to what this means.”

We’ll discuss further below.

Now I immediately shared Reporter #1’s annoyance at all the quotation marks flying left and right.  Then it occurred to me that if the tabs did, in fact, say “Winning” on them, then these rules are just quoting.  So I actually found the contest website (you can play online!) and checked, and it turns out they actually say “WIN.”  So if this is correct, it’s on a very technical point.  And also, it’s annoying.  Are they winning tabs or are the prizes kind of sucky?  Which is it?

Now I’d like to talk about two things that are TOTALLY MORE OUTRAGEOUS.  First of all, the chain was named after a dude called Tim Horton.  I checked.  I’m not a professional researcher for nothing, people.  How hugely annoying is their massive lack of an apostrophe in their own name?  Why doesn’t this fact bother every right-thinking Canadian?  Eh?

Secondly, I mean, I know what Tim Hortons is because I have a television and it’s kind of a running joke about Canada, like Atlanta and Waffle House.  But Reporter #1, as we have previously noted, lives in Buffalo.  Looks to me like Buffalo has to get its national priorities straight.  Are you too good for Starbucks and Caribou Coffee, Buffalo?  Why do you hate America?

Contender for “best new word”

Written By: admin - Mar• 23•11

Galen found this exciting new job opportunity at Seven Days Classifieds.

She notes, and it’s true, that we can’t know whether the employer or some website editor is to blame here.  But also? “Assitant” isn’t a word, and even the most basic of spell-checks would have caught it.  It doesn’t even have the Spell-Check Excuse.

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