I saw this sign at a charity walk I participated in. While I hesitate to use it because (a) it was a charity thing and (b) a child could have prepared the sign since the charity was geared to children, I decided to use it anyway as a teaching tool–and TWO mistakes in the same sign cannot possibly get by without becoming a Grammar Giggle. Not only is “tatoo” misspelled (it should be “tattoo”), but “We got cute ones” should be “We have got cute ones” or “We‘ve got cute ones.” I’m sure it was probably an early morning not enough coffee thing, but it is incorrect and is a bad example–particularly when it is an event geared toward children.
This one I just couldn’t resist. So many people need this. Note the correct use of “you’re,” which is very rare on Facebook. Merry Christmas from Proof That proofreading blog!
Nothing more to say here.
This one isn’t an example of a mistake, but is definitely the truth. See here for a blog post about this very topic.
Perhaps another name for elf prison?
Don’t you think you should be engaged first?
As we’re preparing for Christmas, I will share a Grammar Giggle each day. So on to Day 1! And we might as well start with an improper possessive. What belongs to the candy canes? NOTHING! Thus, there should be no apostrophe.
This was recently in my Facebook feed and caught my attention. Yes, the children belong to each celebrity, but they belong to eight different celebrities so should have been “8 Celebrities’ Children . . .” to talk about the children of eight celebrities. See the formula here.
This is an example of the fact that headlines (and document headings as well) also need to be proofread. They need to be checked not just for misspellings but also for whether or not they make sense, as in this example. A “homicide victim” would be dead because they were the victim of a homicide. The dictionary definition of “homicide” is “murder,” so I’m pretty sure that victim is not talking. The fact that homicide victims rarely talk to police is inaccurate and doesn’t make sense. I would venture a guess that homicide victims NEVER talk to police.
While correct elsewhere in this email advertisement, the heading grabbed my attention. The subject lines of email are the first thing the recipient sees, so it’s important that it is right.