Grammar Giggle – Mac & Choose

My sister sent me this from a website when she was researching potential food my husband (who is a sensitive celiac) could eat on a recent vacation we took together. She noticed this one offered “3-cheese mac & choose.” They obviously got it correct a few words before this obvious error, but because it is a “real” word, it doesn’t trigger spell check.

Grammar Giggle – Non-Smiling Home

I saw this recently in my Facebook feed. It looks to me like this was a Facebook autocorrect that wasn’t caught. It is really important to actually look at texts, posts, emails, etc. to make sure your electronic device didn’t decide it was smarter than you and change a word to what it thinks you wanted to say, even though what they chose was not even close. Just review it quickly, change anything you need to, and then press that big button to send it off. You will feel better knowing that what you are sending actually says what you want it to say and your friends, family, and others won’t wonder why you’re obviously upset and talking about a non-smiling home.

Grammar Giggle – Spelling Matters!

A friend sent this to me and I thought I would share it with you. In this case, a misspelling had a happy ending, but that certainly rarely happens.

Ida Holdgreve is credited with being the first female American aerospace worker. She was born in Delphos, Ohio, in 1881. In her 20s she moved to Dayton to look for work. She saw an ad in the paper that advertised for “Plain Sewing Wanted.” She was an excellent seamstress, so she answered the ad. It was, in fact, an ad for “Plane Sewing Wanted” by Orville and Wilbur Wright. Ida became the head seamstress at the Wright Brothers Airplane Factory, sewing the cover for the fuselage, wings, and rudders. Despite her work with airplanes, Ida did not take her first airplane ride until 1969 at age 88.

Grammar Giggle – Convince Me!

I took this photo on a recent trip. I thought they meant “convenience,” but perhaps part of their business is to “convince” people to use tobacco and vape. Plus, since they are using “etc.,” it already includes a period, so you don’t need another one. It is really unfortunate that the sign is so big and so wrong.

Grammar Giggle – Rihanna And The The Super Bowl

This news article was in my feed just as the Super Bowl ended. It has since been fixed, but how many people saw it incorrectly. As I’ve said many times before, the best advice I can give to anyone is to slow down and read what you’re writing before you press “send.”

Grammar Giggle – It’s Purdy from Perry

In honor of the Super Bowl this weekend, here’s a recent football-related Grammar Giggle. I’m not a big fan myself, but it took me a few minutes to figure this one out. I know Perry High School is a local school and I thought it was a bit unusual that they mentioned Brock Perry while the people in the photo were wearing jerseys that said “Purdy.” I finally figured out his last name is Purdy and he went to Perry High School. The first line is just very poorly written. It would have been better to say “If the former two-time All-Arizona quarterback Brock Purdy leads the 49ers . . ..”

Grammar Giggle – Pure Bread Dogs

A Proof That blog reader sent me this one from her local newspaper. While consistency is good, the word should be “bred.”

And I couldn’t resist including this picture of real “pure bread” dogs because I knew someone would have done it already.

Grammar Giggle – Occutrousers

A friend sent this to me and it highlights the danger of “replace all” in documents. It is much safer to search and replace and stop at each instance to verify that it is indeed the word that should be replaced. Otherwise, you will end up with things like this and in a legal document, that could be very bad. So be careful and take the extra time to view the replacements you’re making.

Grammar Giggle – Geographically Challenged

After a long hiatus where life and work keep getting in the way, I’m back with more Grammar Giggles and proofreading information.

The latest example of someone not paying attention was when a flight that we had booked last July for a cruise out of Athens, Greece, was changed by the airline. See the errors below:

For reference, our original flight was to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and then on to Athens. And I’m not sure how they expected us to get from Athens, GREECE, to Athens, Illinois, on the return trip. This is a major airline and I will have a hard time having them near the top of my list for future flights. As I always say–slow down and pay attention. It will help get the details right.