Grammar Giggles – Hold My Place, Will You?

Placeholders have a place–just make sure when you are proofreading that you check to make sure those placeholders have been replaced by what is supposed to be there. Otherwise, you end up with something like this newspaper headline.

Newspaper

Anniversary

Today is the one year anniversary of the Proof That Proofreading Blog! Thanks for all the support! Here’s a Grammar Giggle about the importance of punctuation.

I’m not the easiest guy in the world to get along with. So when our anniversary rolled around, I wanted my wife to know how much I appreciated her tolerating me for the past 20 years. I ordered flowers and told the florist to enclose a card that read, “Thanks for putting up with me so long.”

When my wife got the delivery, she called me at work.

“Where are you going?” she asked.

“What do you mean?” I said.

She read the card aloud as the florist had written it: “Thanks for putting up with me. So long.”

—George Arnold, Melbourne, Florida

Read more: http://www.rd.com/jokes/funny/funny-stories/typo-through-the-tupils/#ixzz2dlt1srkO

Grammar Giggles – Floods

We’ve had our monsoon rains here in Arizona. Along the freeways here in some places we have “retention” basins to hold the runoff from the freeways when it rains until it can dry up or be diverted. But someone in charge of the Severe Alert system must work for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department.

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Grammar Giggles – Burgul the Restraunt!

It’s really hard to read a seven word headline with two glaring errors. The worst part is that the same words in the story are spelled correctly, but the headline is what you see first and what determines if you even read the story. Spelling counts!

Burgular

Grammar Giggles – Dorp Your Kids Off At School

This was on our local news station and is from a school district on the far west side of the Valley. I understand that this is a simple mistake with a stencil, but it’s a four letter word and shouldn’t be that difficult. Having that kind of mistake in front of a school only makes it worse. Spelling is important!

School parking lot

 

 

Grammar Giggles – Formerly Extend?

From Twitter.  In honor of back to school time, here is another example of higher education proofreading problems. In my book, schools have a special standard with respect to English usage and grammar and THIS is not it. Perhaps they should focus more on academics and less on extracurricular activities. Oh well, off my soapbox. This picture shows how easy it is to confuse words that sound similar but don’t mean the same thing and proves that it never hurts to have someone else review important work.

Univ of Virginia2

Grammar Giggles – The Royal Birth

I couldn’t resist passing this one on.  I’m not sure if they call the hospital delivery areas “Labor iPods” in England or if Kate’s iPod and laptop were delivered while she was in labor (and is this really headline news?).  Use of commas can make a difference!

Labor iPod

Grammar Giggles – Don’t Get Lost in Flordia

This makes me wonder how many people this project went through before it was finalized, which proves that sometimes a fresh pair of eyes (yours or someone else’s) is the best proofreading tool.

Flordia sign