I captured this on one of my websites. It just didn’t look right. Research shows that according to Merriam-Webster online dictionary, “set up” is a verb meaning “to put (a machine) in readiness or adjustment for an operation.” The noun “setup” means “the preparation and adjustment of machines for an assigned task.”
In this example, “Website Analytics is not setup” is incorrect. You are talking about the action (verb) of putting your machine in readiness for an operation.
The second example “Setup Website Analytics” is also incorrect because it is also a verb showing the action of putting your machine in readiness for an operation–in this case Website Analytics. I think the only case where “setup” would be correct with the subject Website Analytics is if you were to say “Website Analytics Setup” (the preparation and adjustment of machines for an assigned task–in this case, Website Analytics) with instructions for the actual set up process.
It is definitely confusing, but if you are actually setting something up–like a computer program or app–it is “set up.”
My cousin sent this one to me. No, thank you!
A reader sent this to me. This sign has been in her parking garage for months and she finally took a picture of it for us.
A friend sent this to me from a convention. Obviously the PR Department needs to proofread!
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.
Grammar Giggle – Weeknd
Grammar Giggle – Friend Chicken
Confusing Words Of The Week
This was another sign I recently saw for sale. Here is a link to a blog post I wrote on this very topic. This sign should be “Every Day.”
I saw this sign in a Home Goods store recently. It took me a minute looking at it before I was completely confused. I have never heard of a “tog hether,” but I can’t think of why else they would have added the extra “h.” I’d like to know about tog hether because I love to travel and it sounds like a fun place!
A loyal Proof That follower sent this to me. She says that the word “trustee” is spelled correctly on the reverse side of the sign.
I recently received a email from Bluehost which I actually read. I found this at the end of the email. I regularly see this as “Dear [INSERT NAME HERE],” but I don’t usually see it for the sender’s own phone number.