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Re: Bad Grammar in Public
« Reply #75 on: June 20, 2011, 03:09:22 PM »
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Re: Bad Grammar in Public
« Reply #76 on: July 03, 2011, 04:26:56 PM »
I think the editor of our local newspaper is illiterate.

The following spellings have been seen in our newspaper...

spade, spaded, spaid.

I just want to call them up and say, it's one freaking word and you can't get it right? S.P.A.Y.E.D.


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Re: Bad Grammar in Public
« Reply #77 on: July 03, 2011, 04:31:37 PM »
I hate when papers/radio presenters state that a person hung themselves.  The word is "hanged".
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Re: Bad Grammar in Public
« Reply #78 on: July 13, 2011, 12:36:53 AM »
I hate when papers/radio presenters state that a person hung themselves.  The word is "hanged".

Thank you!  I thought I was the only person that knew this!  Also, that it is copyrighted, not copywritten.
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Re: Bad Grammar in Public
« Reply #79 on: July 13, 2011, 03:29:35 AM »
I hate when papers/radio presenters state that a person hung themselves.  The word is "hanged".

Thank you!  I thought I was the only person that knew this!  Also, that it is copyrighted, not copywritten.

You were definitely not the only person who knew that. ;)

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Re: Bad Grammar in Public
« Reply #80 on: July 13, 2011, 04:15:36 AM »
I hate when papers/radio presenters state that a person hung themselves.  The word is "hanged".

Thank you!  I thought I was the only person that knew this!  Also, that it is copyrighted, not copywritten.

You were definitely not the only person who knew that. ;)

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LOL Only slightly so...Can I get out of trouble by offering the excuse that I was too busy drinking my Coke to have noticed the error in my ways?
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Re: Bad Grammar in Public
« Reply #81 on: July 13, 2011, 06:50:04 AM »
My Df works in a call centre where, alas, bad spelling and grammar make regular appearances.

He recently saw a display stating "Over Time Avalable (sic), Please Inquire (sic) With Manager".  Underneath it said: "Work Saturday's or Sunday's...8 - 4 on Saturday's, 10 - 2 on Sundays. Call __________ ____________ on ____ ______".

These people are apparently University educated managers. They get paid over 30,000 to do their jobs. I wouldn't care so much if the mistakes were consistent at least - I had no trouble, btw, believing DF, as I used to work there myself and have seen first hand the derisory standard of spelling and grammar on public display. :(
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Re: Bad Grammar in Public
« Reply #82 on: July 13, 2011, 04:28:10 PM »
My Df works in a call centre where, alas, bad spelling and grammar make regular appearances.

He recently saw a display stating "Over Time Avalable (sic), Please Inquire (sic) With Manager".  Underneath it said: "Work Saturday's or Sunday's...8 - 4 on Saturday's, 10 - 2 on Sundays. Call __________ ____________ on ____ ______".

These people are apparently University educated managers. They get paid over 30,000 to do their jobs. I wouldn't care so much if the mistakes were consistent at least - I had no trouble, btw, believing DF, as I used to work there myself and have seen first hand the derisory standard of spelling and grammar on public display. :(
How is "inquire" wrong?
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Re: Bad Grammar in Public
« Reply #83 on: July 14, 2011, 03:35:16 AM »
The capital letter on "Inquire" was random...and although either spelling is technically acceptable, most people use "enquire" meaning to seek information and "inquire" as a more formal investigation.  When DF told me I wrote it down and the "inquiry" thing jumps out at me!! Maybe I am just a nit picker...!!!!

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Re: Bad Grammar in Public
« Reply #84 on: July 14, 2011, 05:21:43 AM »
Article today on the BBC website- spelling mistakes online can cost millions http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-14130854
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Re: Bad Grammar in Public
« Reply #85 on: July 14, 2011, 05:50:39 AM »
The capital letter on "Inquire" was random...and although either spelling is technically acceptable, most people use "enquire" meaning to seek information and "inquire" as a more formal investigation.  When DF told me I wrote it down and the "inquiry" thing jumps out at me!! Maybe I am just a nit picker...!!!!

Lol!

Oh, okay, I didn't realize it was the capitalization since other things were also capitalized.  However, I've only ever used inquire and only ever think of it that way, so I would have only noticed if it was spelled with an "e".
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Re: Bad Grammar in Public
« Reply #86 on: July 14, 2011, 06:57:28 AM »
I should have made that more clear in OP!!!!  ???

Sorry to confuse. The Capitalisation Of Every Word In A Sentence Annoys Me A Little.  Especially when one sentence is written that way and then the sentence underneath is written as a normal sentence!! Random!!!
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Re: Bad Grammar in Public
« Reply #87 on: July 14, 2011, 01:11:16 PM »
I was making changes to an ad yesterday while on the phone with the customer.

He wanted the sentence to read "Lac des Isles Lake Lots for sale".
I pointed out that we had capitalized the name of the lake because it was a name, but that we tried to follow common sentence convention and that's why we hadn't capitalized Lake Lots.

He said "I don't care what the convention is, I want it to stand out, so make it capitals!"

It hurt, but I did it. We spend a lot of time correcting grammar and spelling so that customers look smarter than they are, and do have to intentionally write it incorrectly made me cringe!
So if you see the ad somewhere, please don't blame the newspaper! It's not my fault!

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Re: Bad Grammar in Public
« Reply #88 on: July 19, 2011, 12:19:36 AM »
Right after the Casey Anthony verdict, I saw this crawl on CNN's Headline News channel:

State attorneys suprised and dissapointed by verdict

Really, HLN? If you need a new CG operator, I'd be glad to take the job.

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Re: Bad Grammar in Public
« Reply #89 on: July 19, 2011, 12:39:33 AM »
I'll never forget a high school debate in which my opposing speaker kept using the word 'mouses' as the plural for mouse. You better believe I corrected him when it was my turn to speak.  >:D


Right now there's a radio ad which drives me insane, although I've never been quite sure if it's gramatically incorrect. The name of the company is 'Direct' and they use the word repeatedly through the ad, including the following statement towards the beginning.

For more information go 'direct' to our website

Everytime it comes to that part I snap 'directLY!', but I'm thinking 'direct' could be right as well.

Grammarians?