This was a local news station “breaking news” alert.
According to dictionary.com, here are the differences:
Breaks means to smash, split, or divide into parts violently; reduce to pieces or fragments
Brakes are a device for slowing or stopping a vehicle or other moving mechanism by the absorption or transfer of the energy of momentum, usually by means of friction and the drums, shoes, tubes, levers, etc., making up such a device on a vehicle.
This one made me laugh a little. The last person I want to repel is Santa! According to Dictionary.com, “repelling” means to “to drive or force back (an assailant, invader, etc.),” while “rappelling” (which I’m pretty sure is the word they were looking for) means “the act or method of moving down a steep incline or past an overhang by means of a double rope secured above and placed around the body, usually under the left thigh and over the right shoulder, and paid out gradually in the descent.” Also, I’m not quite sure why the headline says this is in Germany, but the next line says it is at a volcano in Mexico. Someone didn’t get their facts quite right.
Another example of an errant apostrophe. What does the Christmas Eve dinner special own? That is the only time an apostrophe would be appropriate here. Otherwise, you are talking about multiple (or plural) Christmas Eve dinner specials, so just using the “s” is correct.
We will have a Christmas-themed Grammar Giggle every day this week. Hopefully, you will get a smile and learn something from them. So here is Day 1! I found this one in my email. This was so full of errors that it is obvious it isn’t from Wells FARGO, but is instead from another of those groups that attempt to get your personal information by sending emails that appear to be from legitimate companies. It might be easier for some of them if their grammar was better.
A reader sent me this from the Sports Illustrated website at the beginning of the college football season.
The SI story says it all:
“If Week 1 of the college football season has shown us anything, it’s that everyone has lots of room for improvement. That’s true for the players and coaches across the country, sure, but it’s also true for equipment managers everywhere.
Exhibit A: the season opener between No. 18 Iowa and No. 17 Indiana—or should I say, Indinia. Hoosiers running back David Holloman was given a jersey with a glaring spelling error, or perhaps some sort of misguided shoutout for Tony Award-winning actress Idina Menzel.”
I borrowed this picture from one of my favorite “error zones,” CakeWrecks.com. I want to wish all my United States readers a very happy Thanksgiving this week. I am very thankful to all who read my blog, send me Grammar Giggles they spot out in their world, and encourage me to continue. Thank you!
A friend sent me this breaking news alert from her phone. I’m pretty sure the suspect was “fleeing” the police. All the right letters were there, just not in the right order. Again, spell check would not catch this because “feeling” is a real word–just not the appropriate word in this context.