Grammar Giggle – State of Uniom

While everyone has probably seen this one already, my son sent this to me and I thought it was interesting. Not only is “Union” spelled wrong, requiring them to reprint all of the invitations to the State of the Union Address, but I think that the Gallery is set up for more than one Visitor, so it should be the Visitors’ Gallery. I checked the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center website to try to figure out what they call it, and I find reference to “the Visitor Galleries,” which would be correct as it is a name for that area of the Capitol, and “the House and Senate Galleries,” but I find no reference to the “Visitor’s Gallery.” I’m thinking they didn’t fix that error when they reprinted the invitations because it isn’t an obvious error–to most people.

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Grammar Giggle – The Lobster Mushroom’s What?

I caught this one on a recent trip to Norfolk for our conference. Yet another misuse of an apostrophe. Apostrophes do not always make a word plural!

Grammar Giggle – What Do the Trumps Own?

My news station seems to have had trouble last week and used an apostrophe to make a proper noun plural rather than to show ownership (which would require an apostrophe). #azfamily #proofread #grammargiggle #proofthat

Grammar Giggle – Firm Bio

I actually found this while researching a potential witness. Your online bio is really important and should be error free. This is my first impression of this professional and I must admit, it’s not a very good one.

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Grammar Giggles – I’ll Drink To that!

Menus are a great place for finding Grammar Giggles. Here is a great example.  This is another issue with an apostrophe and an issue with using “compliment,” which means to praise someone, and “complement,” which means to add something that enhances or improves it.  While I’m sure they want you to COMPLIMENT them on all their food, I think they mean that it enhances all of their food.

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Grammar Giggle – Bingo!

I recently went and played bingo at a local casino. I love bingo, but am not an expert and need the instructions for each game. In other words, I actually read the instructions.

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Grammar Giggle — Personalizing

I realize that most companies who personalize things make you agree, and agree again, that what you have provided to them is correct. I understand that. I just wish they wouldn’t use bad examples in their catalogs. I saw these on the cover of a personalizing company’s catalog. Besides the fact that there is no apostrophe necessary because Robert doesn’t own anything related to this sentence, I’m curious about exactly why Robert feels entitled to be called “The Robert.” If it were the Roberts Family, it should say “Party With The Roberts.” In the second example, again, there should be no apostrophe because you’re talking about the “Bishop Family Reunion.” It is the reunion of the Bishop Family and the apostrophe and “s” are unnecessary.

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Facebook Memes = Crazy!

Athlete memeI typically scroll right past most Facebook memes because they are full of grammar errors (and we all know that makes me crazy)! But this one was one of the worst I’ve seen, so I had to share.

I’ve circled the errors, just in case you weren’t quite sure. I’m fairly certain this is NOT related to Nike, even though it includes their patented trademark swoosh. So here is the explanation of the errors:

“Its” should be “It’s” because it is the contraction of “It Is” National Athlete Day.

“Your” should be “You’re” as the contraction of “You Are”

“A” should be “An” because it is before the word “athlete” which starts with a vowel sound.

So . . . the entire message SHOULD be “It’s National Athlete Day. Repost If You’re An Athlete.”

There now I feel better.

Grammar Giggle – Who Knows Who’s Goal Was Met

The flyer for a recent fundraising event for one of my grandsons caught my eye, so I checked out the website. All I can say is that they were consistent–it was wrong, but it was wrong in both places. The correct word is “whose.” The word “who’s” is a contraction for “who is” which would not be correct in the sentence.

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Grammar Giggles – So Nice Of News Stations To Keep Me In Material

I keep thinking that if I ever want to change my line of work, all of my local news stations could sure use someone to type their screen verbiage. A friend sent me this one and I only saw the errant apostrophe until I was working with the picture here and saw the hot mess of an attempt at the second use of the word “closing.” The apostrophe in “it’s” is only used as a contraction of “it is” and not to signify possession by “it” of anything– that would simply be “its” as in “closing its doors.” And you spelled “closing” correctly once, what the heck happened to the second one? In this case, two strikes and you’re out!

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