Grammar Giggle – Happy Halloween!

This picture was sent to me by one of my blog readers. I thought it was appropriate to share today. I’m guessing they were spelling phonetically. Have a good Halloween, don’t eat too much candy, and please be safe out there!

 

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Grammar Giggle – Blah Blah Headline Blah Blah

This one comes from Twitter. While my brain often actually reads this when I’m skimming a newspaper, I doubt it was really the intent of the newspaper to publish its headline this way.

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Grammar Giggle – That’s Some Arts & Crafts Program!

As most of you know, I have a very low tolerance for errors by schools. I understand they are people too, but I hold them to a higher standard just because teaching proper grammar is part of their business and this kind of stuff isn’t that hard–just plain inattention. This Giggle was forwarded to me by a friend and I love receiving any Grammar Giggles you might find.

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Quick Confusing Words – Kitty-corner or Catty-corner? Onto or on to?

Here are just a couple of quickies that don’t really warrant an entire blog post, but where readers have requested clarification.

1. Kitty corner or catty corner? According to Merriam-Webster Online, kitty-corner is used to describe two things that are located across from each other on opposite corners. Variants of kitty-corner are both catercorner and catty-corner. Which word you use could be determined by where you live. Those in the northeast part of the country use kitty-corner most often and those in the southeast part of the country use catty-corner. This website has a map based on a dialect survey that is interesting for this issue – http://www4.uwm.edu/FLL/linguistics/dialect/staticmaps/q_76.html. Basically, all three forms are correct, but catercorner and catty-corner are derivatives of the more popular katty-corner.

2. Onto or on to. Onto is a preposition describing the direction of something moving toward a surface. A trick that you can use is to check to see if on can replace onto.

She climbed onto her car.

In this sentence, onto is correct because “She climbed on her car” makes sense. On the other hand, if you left someone something in your will, you would not say “I passed my grandfather’s pocket watch on him,” so that sentence should be:

I passed my grandfather’s pocket watch on to him.

Let me know if you have something you struggle with. Chances are that it isn’t just you and others can benefit from a blog post about that very topic. Comment below or email proofthatblog@gmail.com.

 

We Would Like Your Presence Too, But Only If You Bring Presents!

I found this one on Twitter. If you don’t think you have a good grasp of grammar and homophones, please take someone with you (or at least let them look at the language before you have invitations printed). This is just embarrassing. At least it is if it was truly an error and the bride and groom aren’t just greedy.

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Grammar Giggle – OJ . . . or LJ . . . or Maybe Just J!

A friend sent this one to me. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t ever put lemons in my orange juice. Maybe it’s a California thing.

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