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Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« on: September 16, 2013, 08:41:28 PM »
I literally did a spit-take at today's Cakewrecks - who orders a cake with "Ther'e Bach!"?  I may get grumpier about bad grammar and spelling than many folks, but it makes me twitchy  :P

And then driving home today, I came across a new Mexican place which has a ton of signs out front: "Best nacho's in town!  Best taco's here!  Open for lunch's and dinner's!"

*twitch twitch*

What are the most egregious violations you've come across?
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Re: Grammer and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2013, 08:46:18 PM »
Yeah, apostrophe abuse gets to me big-time. Also, it annoys me when people confuse "faze" and "phase" (as in, "He noticed the cat was on fire, but it didn't phase him, he just dumped the champagne bottle on her and went on talking to the Prime Minister". It's faze).


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Re: Grammer and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2013, 08:47:41 PM »
I literally did a spit-take at today's Cakewrecks - who orders a cake with "Ther'e Bach!"?  I may get grumpier about bad grammar and spelling than many folks, but it makes me twitchy  :P

And then driving home today, I came across a new Mexican place which has a ton of signs out front: "Best nacho's in town!  Best taco's here!  Open for lunch's and dinner's!"

*twitch twitch*

What are the most egregious violations you've come across?

Check out Apostrophe Abuse: http://www.apostropheabuse.com/.

Apostrophe abuse is a pet peeve. The other thing is quotation marks in strange places.

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Re: Grammer and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2013, 08:59:27 PM »
The Chinese place in my hometown has a buffert.

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Re: Grammer and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2013, 09:03:23 PM »
OP, you might want to correct the misspelling in your thread title.
Grammar (not grammer)

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Re: Grammer and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2013, 09:11:05 PM »
Your grammar's not your grammer, it's your Grammar Rock!"

Slartibartfast, you got caught by McKean's Law.

And that's why, even though I'm a professional copyeditor, I don't make snarky remarks about other people's grammar or spelling.

I often make admiring remarks, when their end result if actually sort of clever (my favorite is "whoa is me!")

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Re: Grammer and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2013, 09:12:03 PM »
I think that's meant to be like that. Notice the three l's in spelling.

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Re: Grammer and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2013, 09:12:56 PM »
OP, you might want to correct the misspelling in your thread title.
Grammar (not grammer)

Isn't it a rule on the Internet that every post pointing out bad spelling or grammar must contain at least one spelling or grammar error?   ;D

Oops, beaten to it!

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Re: Grammer and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2013, 09:18:37 PM »
I think that's meant to be like that. Notice the three l's in spelling.

That's what I thought, too.  Not just one, but two errors put in on purpose for irony.  :)
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Re: Grammer and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2013, 09:19:09 PM »
A new bar opened up that I pass every day to work, with a huge handpainted sign that says Alabis Lounge. I spent the first month wondering every.single.day whether they intentionally misspelled Alibis. They now have a banner on the lawn that says Alibis Lounge: Open for Business. Guess whoever painted the sign did it wrong. ::)
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Re: Grammer and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2013, 09:20:26 PM »
I think that's meant to be like that. Notice the three l's in spelling.

That's what I thought, too.  Not just one, but two errors put in on purpose for irony.  :)

Oh, sorry.  Didn't realize it might be intentional.

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Re: Grammer and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2013, 09:24:43 PM »
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Re: Grammer and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #12 on: September 16, 2013, 09:33:07 PM »
I think that's meant to be like that. Notice the three l's in spelling.

That's what I thought, too.  Not just one, but two errors put in on purpose for irony.  :)

Oh, sorry.  Didn't realize it might be intentional.

Intentional to draw in the people who twitch at the word "grammer"  ;D ;D ;D

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Re: Grammer and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #13 on: September 16, 2013, 10:32:23 PM »
We got a political questionnaire in the mail several years ago. This presumably went out to every household in the state. Across the front of the envelope, in HUGE font, were the words, "YOU'RE 2005 POLITICAL QUESTIONNAIRE IS ENCLOSED!"

Now, I'm not the type to point out every mistake that I see, because I am sure that I make a few of my own, but this was a statewide thing put together by a professional survey firm.

*le sigh*

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Re: Grammer and spellling that make you twitch
« Reply #14 on: September 16, 2013, 10:46:38 PM »
1- apostrophe abuse
2- The word "lose" is lost, replaced with "loose"
3-The word "anymore" doesn't mean what it used to mean anymore. It is being used to mean "nowadays"
4-"Anyway" has acquired an S at the end. Sometimes the S attaches itself to the end of "all" in some sad cases.
5-They're there their to too two your you're
6-would've should've could've HAVE not OF

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