Grammar Giggle – We Got Tatoos!

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.


Christmas Countdown Grammar Giggle – Day 5.1

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!

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Christmas Countdown Grammar Giggle – Day 1

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.


Grammar Giggle – One Celebrity, Eight Celebrities

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.


Grammar Giggles – Sometimes They Do and Sometimes They Don’t

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.

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