Grammar Giggle – During And Robbery

I have a new source of Grammar Giggles: a local news station “breaking news” updates. I don’t read them all, but it seems that every time I actually read one, I find something wrong. This example would pass spell check, but should not pass eye and brain check. And the full name of both Baseline and Power are “Roads,” so that should be capitalized.

Grammar Giggle – Gentleman’s Club

Sorry fellas. It looks like this special club is for only one gentleman at a time. Otherwise, it would be a “gentlemen’s” club. I found this one on my Bar Rescue marathon recently. I particularly liked that Jon Taffer, the star of the show, mentioned that it was misspelled. Now whether he knew that or one of the people working behind the scenes mentioned it, I don’t know, but they did and it caught my attention. When making a word possessive, start with the correct root word. In this case, since the club is for gentlemEn, it should be a gentlemen’s club. And it SHOULD have an apostrophe!

Grammar Giggle – Harmonica’s

I found this on a trip. Again, this shows the use of apostrophes to show pluralization. Apostrophes are used for contractions and to show possession NOT to make a word plural.

Grammar Giggle – His Injuries Injuries

This was in a breaking news story recently. I’m really not sure what they were trying to say, but a simple spell check SHOULD have found this and a pair of eyes actually reading the content WOULD have found it.

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Grammar Giggle – Hopin’

I saw this sign in a local store. I’m pretty sure they mean “hoppin'” because (a) there’s a bunny and (b) the bunny is one of the symbols of Easter and bunnies who hop go “hopping.” They at least did include the apostrophe to indicate the missing “g,” but what a difference the second “p” makes.

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Grammar Giggle – Board?

A friend sent this to me. She said that she┬áreads a lot of medical records and sometimes the “typist” has some really bad errors that make it hard to understand. She said this appears to be standard questions that were asked, but you can see the error. Just because it passes spell check doesn’t mean it’s the right word!

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Grammar Giggle – Trucks Ambulances

This was in a recent breaking news story from my local television news station. It looks to me like they were trying to replace “fire trucks” with “ambulances” and failed.

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