Grammar Giggle – Teaching Us Lesions

A friend sent me this from an article she was reading. This is something spellcheck wouldn’t catch, and is probably something the author read knowing what it was supposed to say, so that’s what the author saw. Perhaps taking a step away for some time would have helped the author read what it actually said.

Grammar Giggle – Informaiton

A friend sent this to me. They got it right in one place, but obviously not in the other. Maybe they should be hiring a proofreader instead.

Grammar Giggle – Testing While Walking

If it were actually testing while walking, I might fail. Sometimes I have trouble walking. However, as you see by the second circled word, they meant TEXTING while walking. #azfamily #proofread #proofthatblog

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 Ask PTB or send an email to and they may appear here soon!

This week’s words:

Loose: not bound; to release

  • The pants were loose after she lost 10 pounds.

Lose: to suffer the loss of; to part with unintentionally


  • She had 10 more pounds to lose.

Loss: something lost

  • She will end up with a 20 pound loss.

Grammar Giggle – Underling

This was in a document received in my office. The worst part is that they were attempting to bring attention to the fact that important language was underlined and instead they brought attention to the fact that they can’t spell underlining. An underling would be the lowly associate who probably drafted the document. This is a great example of your brain thinking it knows what it is supposed to say so you see that, even though that’s not what it actually says.

Grammar Giggle – Vacuum

My news station is keeping me in lots of material this week. Here is the headline for a story about the Roomba Vacuum. And that’s as in ONE “c,” not two. #azfamily #proofread #grammargiggle #proofthat

Grammar Giggle – Stake Your Steak

I saw this one in a Facebook ad. “Steak” is food and “stake” is a rod in the ground to support something.



Grammar Giggles – Hiring Mangers

My sister took this picture in the window of a WalMart hair salon. She wonders if they are already hiring for Christmas? She also thinks that a dollar sign wouldn’t be amiss.

Hiring Mangers

Grammar Giggle – At Least They Tired

My trusty news station comes through again. Tires/tries . . . unfortunately they don’t mean the same thing even though they share letters IN A DIFFERENT ORDER! Spell check won’t help here.