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Bad Grammar in Public
« on: June 12, 2011, 04:48:46 PM »
I don't know whether this one has already been done, but hey. I hate to see bad grammar. We went away for the weekend, and there was a sign at the hotel door saying "Please respect our neighbours when leaving the premisis." Now this was a well to do area, and a very posh hotel!! It was quite unexpected!!!

I hate to see bad grammar on public signs. It just makes me want to grab a red pen and correct the mistake(s).  >:(
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Re: Bad Grammar in Public
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2011, 07:47:30 PM »
I can't think of an example, but I know I have run into it several times. It's horribly frustrating, yet kinda funny at the same time.

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Re: Bad Grammar in Public
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2011, 08:35:48 PM »
Things that make me twitch:

Signs offering "collectables" for sale.

Grocery store advertisements for "Cherrios" on sale. Even worse if it's "Cherrio's" or some other word with a superfluous apostrophe.

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Re: Bad Grammar in Public
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2011, 08:48:54 PM »
I hate apostrophe abuse!
On a home inspection today: Close to shops, day care centre's, schools etc. Do the day care centres own the schools? GRR!

speech marks either make me angry or make me laugh. Like we sell "brand-new" couches.
Either someone actually said "brand new" out loud, so it is in marks, or you have to say it in a "you know what i mean, nudge nudge" voice because it actually is implying something else!!

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Re: Bad Grammar in Public
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2011, 09:25:51 PM »
this http://www.unnecessaryquotes.com/ is so aggravating i had to stop looking at it.

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Re: Bad Grammar in Public
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2011, 09:35:25 PM »
I was rolling my eyes at the signs in Border's during their last day:

ALL SALE'S FINAL

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Re: Bad Grammar in Public
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2011, 08:30:08 AM »
In the grand scheme of things, the sign in my parents' town that advertises a store:

"For all of lifes little occasions" (or something like that)

isn't an uncommon mistake, but the sign itself looks like it cost a lot of money. Every time I see it, it makes me want to scream: "Why?  Why didn't you get someone to proofread the darn thing before spending so much money on it?! ARGGGHH!!!"

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Re: Bad Grammar in Public
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2011, 08:35:05 AM »
"Get Your Shingle's Shot" sign outside a local Walgreens. I'm fairly sure the illness is Shingles, not Shingle.

 

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Re: Bad Grammar in Public
« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2011, 08:37:32 AM »
A local gas station had signs taped to their pumps that read "We cannot except $100 bills at this time".

I'm pretty sure they meant to say "accept" instead.

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Re: Bad Grammar in Public
« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2011, 11:53:13 AM »
"Get Your Shingle's Shot"

With what? A sawn off shotgun?

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Re: Bad Grammar in Public
« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2011, 11:55:01 AM »
I was rolling my eyes at the signs in Border's during their last day:

ALL SALE'S FINAL

That might be worse than the sign advising of "Independant Authors".  In a bookstore, that made me want to cry.
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Re: Bad Grammar in Public
« Reply #11 on: June 13, 2011, 02:06:30 PM »


*facepalm*
You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

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Re: Bad Grammar in Public
« Reply #12 on: June 13, 2011, 04:58:46 PM »
"Get Your Shingle's Shot" sign outside a local Walgreens. I'm fairly sure the illness is Shingles, not Shingle.

 

So in other words, I can pull a shingle off my roof and get its shot at Walgreens?

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Re: Bad Grammar in Public
« Reply #13 on: June 13, 2011, 07:40:49 PM »
Please, don't get me started on this.

While working in the library I came across a critique of books for children on the Ancient World.  The author worked in the education department.  I'm sure she meant well but she made a major error over and over again.  Her work was printed and given to teachers all over the city.

I believe she wanted to say that the material was appropriate for children because it was presented in a 'simple' way.  That would have been fine.  However, she was one of the tribe that believed another syllable or two made things look more intellectual.  She therefore praised every book she liked as 'simplistic'.

I don't know about you but I have never heard 'simplistic' used in a positive way.   

 

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Re: Bad Grammar in Public
« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2011, 01:55:16 PM »
"Beefstake tomatoes"  >:(