Sunday, February 17, 2008

Manic Monday: Two

I tend to be a stickler for grammar and punctuation.
I would have made a good proofreader.

It's a pet peeve of mine. I hate seeing books and magazines with typos in them. These things should have been reviewed by a competent editor and/or a proofreader. Someone should be CATCHING these things.

I especially hate the following:

1. Using apostrophes to pluralize things. For example, someone might write "floor's" when they should be writing "floors". Do NOT pluralize with an apostrophe!

2. Using apostrophes in possessive pronouns. (Example: "her's", "their's"). Possessive pronouns NEVER have apostrophes. Ever. Keep them OUT.

3. Confusing "its" with "it's". The first one is a possessive pronoun. (see #2 above). The second one is a contraction, which is short for "it is".
Right: "It's a good thing I wore underwear today."
Wrong: "There were radioactive chipmunk turds on it's belly."
Right: "Its brain was the size of a light bulb."
Wrong: "Its never a good idea to fart in the post office."

4. Confusing your homonyms and homophones.

These words are not interchangeable. They mean completely different things.
It matters which one you use!
So, if you see someone butchering the language in a newspaper, magazine, or book, you have my permission to scream and throw sharp objects.


Gattina said...

I just got up, that's two, too, to complicated that early in the morning, lol !

Travis said...

What happens if you fart in the post office?

Cheerio said...

Good share.

TopChamp said...

Trav's question - i would like to know the answer too!

Jamie said...

Where can you find the radioactive chipmunk turds? I have a recipe for the caldron and can't find them anywhere.

Janna said...

Gattina: Everything is more complicated in the morning.

Travis: The disgruntled postal workers become even MORE disgruntled, and if you're at the front of the line, you'll be the first one they hit when they reach for their semi-automatic.

Cheerio: Thanks! :)

TopChamp: Another bad thing that can happen is they'll put up a poster of you, warning the other customers to stay at least 12 feet away.

Jamie: Sometimes they have them at Wal-Mart, next to the possum jerky.

The Flying Monkeys said...

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Mo said...

Ewe are wright, sometimes they're is two much errors threw ought the blogosphere that its driving me insane, you here?

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

What Mo said. You had that one comming Janna. Bwahahahahahaha. I agree ewe are wright. Bwahahahahahaha. Have a great MM. :)

the teach said...

What you said, Janna! Absolutely!

Becky said...

the worst? "ladie's room."
oh, and mens' room.

Mo said...

You inspired a post at morgEpalooza today over at It’s A Blog Eat Blog World... with pet peeves you hear in spoken words.

Lynda said...

I'm the worst about #4

Janna said...

Flying monkeys: Thanks for stopping by! :)

Morgen: AaauuuuggghhhH!!!!!

Sandee: Don't encourage him!!

Teach: I was hoping you'd agree. Excellent.... :)

Becky: Exactly! I agree! Some people need to be shot!

Morgen: Thank you! :)

Lynda: I will try to love you anyway!