Grammar Giggle – And Now The Mobile Devices Own Something?

This was in an email before the Barbra Streisand concert last week. You would think when you pay so much for a ticket, they could continue the correct pluralization of words throughout the whole email about the rules for the concert. It is more something I would expect at a Kanye concert.

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Grammar Giggles – What Do The Margaritas And Bellinis Own?

I saw this in a restaurant recently. While the bellinis were delicious, the menu left a bad taste in my mouth. Once again, apostrophes do not make a word plural and consistency is key. If you’re going to spell passion fruit right one way, try to spell it correctly the next time too.

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The Pesky “S”

Toward%2FTowardsA reader has asked me to clarify use of toward/towards and regard/regards. Here are her examples:

…is inflated and anticipates only minimal settlement contributions towards resolving … /… In regards to his injuries …./ … any update with regards to the motion?

According to the Gregg Reference Manual and the Chicago Manual of Style, in the case of toward/towards, both are correct, but toward is the more common usage in the U.S. However, British English uses towards. The general rule is the same for other directional words like forward, backward,upward, and downward, along with afterward. While it isn’t incorrect, if you are in the U.S., leave the “s” off.

As regards regard or regards, the word regards (a) is used as a way to introduce a topic, such as I did at the beginning of this sentence, and (b) means good wishes expressing respect, affection, or condolences, as in “She wanted to give him her regards at the wedding.” It is not a word that can be interchanged with regard. So when you want to say in regard to or with regard to, there is no “s.” It may be easier to reword the sentence rather than argue over whether regard or regards is correct. You can say “This email is in regard to your voice mail.” or you can say “This email concerns your voice mail.” The second choice is a little more clear and solves the regard/regards problem.

 

I hope that clears up this issue. Bottom line, unless you are outside the United States or giving someone good wishes, leave the “s” off each word.

Grammar Giggle – The Chef’s What?

I caught this the other day while looking for something to watch on TV. OK, there are multiple issues with this one. They are talking about two “chefs” which requires only an “s” to make it plural (more than one). Then, they pulled of my absolute pet peeve and used an apostrophe to make a word plural–but even then, since they are talking about two chefs, if the apostrophe were appropriate, it would be AFTER the “s.” But regardless of all of that, the apostrophe is NOT appropriate. The apostrophe would be used to show possession. There is nothing in that sentence about possession of anything. The chefs certainly could not own “compete.”

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Grammar Giggles – She Was Found Where?

While the subject of this story is not in the least bit funny and I don’t intend to poke fun at a murder, I am quickly losing any respect for our news agencies. I appreciate that they are all trying to get the news out first, but they really should take the time to actually read what they’re putting out there. While the headline leads you to believe the woman’s body was in a truck, the story confuses that issue by saying she was in the “truck of a vehicle.” On the plus side, at least they were consistent.

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