I found this article and thought it was interesting. Incorrect use of apostrophes is probably my biggest pet peeve. It isn’t really hard. If you need to show possession or show that letters are missing, use an apostrophe. Otherwise, for the most part, do not use an apostrophe. There are, of course, exceptions, but you need to learn the difference because I’m pretty sure that you don’t want your attorney’s work to be the topic of a FindLaw article.
Though she managed to graduate from law school, Anissa Bluebaum apparently never managed to master elementary school grammar.
Or at least that’s what her fellow attorney had to say when he responded to a complaint in a civil lawsuit filed by Bluebaum.
Her egregious use of apostrophes made it impossible to tell who she was referring to and when.
Anissa Bluebaum is representing Alison Peck (a teacher who was busted for sleeping with her students) in a lawsuit against her former probation officer, Rebecca Martin, reports the Springfield News-Leader.
When Martin’s attorney, Richard Crites, received the complaint, he was a bit baffled. But Crites soldiered on, responding on behalf of his client.
With 8 pages of questions.
Apparently, the lawsuit was filed against Martin and her brother, but because Bluebaum had rendered the complaint incoherent by misusing both “defendants” and “defendant’s,” Crites was unable to tell whether statements were referring to one or both parties.
He also requested that Bluebaum respond to his request in paragraph form.
Did Bluebaum write her pleading like a stream-of-consciousness text message, too?
As you may know, glaring grammatical errors can be disastrous to your case (and make you look a bit ridiculous). So the next time you’re confronted with multiple parties to which you need to attribute actions or statements, keep the following in mind:
- Defendants is more than one defendant;
- Defendant’s is the possessive of a singular defendant; and
- Defendants’ is the possessive of more than one defendant.
If you’re still unsure, ask around–you don’t want to end up like Anissa Bluebaum.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
I 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.
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.