Grammar Giggles – Menu Troubles

I recently hit the jackpot on menu errors when I found three in the same menu. First, it appears they only offer you one brussel sprout and then they spell that wrong. It should be Brussels (named after the city of Brussels) sprout.

Creamed Brussel Sprout with Bacon

Then, they off a “blackend” shrimp risotto, even though they spelled it “blackened” in the description.

Blackend Shrimp Risotto should be blackened

And finally, they offered the rainbow trout with “oyser” mushrooms. It should be “oyster” mushrooms.

Oyser mushroom should be oyster mushroom

It is never my intent to make fun of any establishment–just to use these errors to teach you something–so I have marked out the name of the restaurant. And regardless of the errors, the food was delicious!

Grammar Giggle – Oh What A Difference Punctuation Makes

A reader sent this picture to me from her local Wendy’s. Just looking at this sign, apparently, they have already filled all their positions because they WERE hiring, but now they’re not. If they are currently looking, it should be WE’RE (contraction for “we are”) hiring. Obviously, Wendy’s knows how to use apostrophes since it is part of their name.

Grammar Giggle – Real Begginers

This was a category in some education sessions I recently attended. The one thing going for it was that they were consistent. It was spelled “Begginer” throughout all the material. While I loved the categories so I knew if something would be too far above my head for me to learn anything, I also love when someone proofreads the material going out to attendees.

Error in spelling Beginner

Confusing Words Of The Week

It’s time for “Confusing Words of the Week” where I take a set of two or three words that get confused and give you definitions and try to give you a memory trick to help you remember when to use which word. If you have words that confuse you, use the Ask PTB tab on the website or send an email to and they may appear here soon!

This week’s words are:

  • therefor – for that thing
    • He insisted on buying the Chopard watch and paid an exorbitant price therefor.
  • therefore – consequently
    • He insisted on buying the Chopard watch; therefore, he didn’t have enough money to go on vacation.

Memory tips:

  • thereFOR – FOR that thing
  • thereforE – consEquEntly

Grammar Giggle – Jalepeno Please!

This part of a menu from a local restaurant caught my eye because first, I love jalapenos so I notice those right away and, second, it is spelled differently in two places in the same paragraph. Worse yet, the second one is spelled so correctly it even includes the tilde.

Example of the word "jalapeno" spelled two different ways

Replay Thursday

It’s time for a review of recent blog posts just in case you’ve missed them. We call this Replay Thursday. Here are posts from Proof That proofreading blog and 60 Is The New 60 blog during the past week.

Happy Blogiversary!

Today is the day seven years ago that I thought I might have something to share with others tasked with proofreading and Proof That blog was born. Since that day, there have been 810 posts, 150,000 views, and 116 followers. Thank you to all who read the posts faithfully and encourage me to continue. It is truly a passion project for me. The only gift I want for this 7th blogiversary is that you share the blog with others who might find some helpful information here. Since Facebook has a tendency to get wonky from time to time, you will be sure not to miss a post if you subscribe to get notification by email when new posts appear. Find the “Subscribe to Blog Via Email” in the upper right-hand corner, enter your email address, and click “Subscribe.” It’s as easy as that!

I plan to continue with the Grammar Giggles, Confusing Words of the Week, and blog posts. If there is something that would be helpful for you, please let me know. If you have something to share with my readers and would like to guest post, please let me know that too. And remember that there is a Proof That Facebook page as well!

I am definitely blessed by this blogging experience and I expect it to continue as long as there are grammar errors in the world (so, like, forever!). Don’t forget if you can snap a picture of a Grammar Giggle and send that to me, along with a description of where you took the picture, it could show up in a future post. Just send it to

I know I haven’t been consistent in my blog posts, but sometimes life gets in the way. Thank you for not giving up on me! Here’s to another seven years of Proof That proofreading blog!