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Saturday, 26 April 2008


Émilie B

It's actually a good thing there are such errors out there, else how could we enjoy feeling superior about possessing a decent English (or French)?

You should get a Sharpie to carry around; it'd be the only thing you'd need to be a grammar superhero, discreetly saving the (town), one handwritten notice at a time. But make it a red one, so they can learn from their mistakes.

Émilie B

And, hey! Will Amy be back with tales (and details) about her new independent adventure?


This very easily could have happened in our car, but not at a Timmy Ho's; they haven't caught on in our area.

Semicolons are contagious.

While my wife notices the errors on signs right along with me, she would have joined Amy in eye-rolling at the first mention of actually correcting it. Heck, I can't even get her to say she's feeling pretty well instead of pretty good. If our boy ends up speaking wrong, we'll all know where to point the finger.



I think I might make a habit of carrying a Sharpie around for just that purpose. I'd be sort of like a grammatical superhero - vigilante style!!


Wives seem to excel at the whole eye-rolling thing. I'm not too sure what it is about that. Perhaps somebody should do a scientific study of some sort. There's probably a very good reason behind it all; certainly nothing to do with husbandly actions and all that.


Gah! This drives me insane. Feel free to send me the location of said T Ho's and I will go there with a Sharpie myself.

Or perhaps one of our fellow Grammar Nazis has already corrected it? That's what I'm going to tell myself so that I can sleep tonight.


There was a segment on American TV recently about a guy who does just that--goes around correcting signs. He'll ask the store owner if they mind if he corrects the grammer/spelling/punctuation on their window signs. He has all kinds of paint and, I'm sure, Sharpies. I'll see if I can find it on the web and send you a link.

Here we go. He has a blog!:


Okay, wait. That should read, "She has a blog." The video I saw was about someone else, seeing as how the grammar vandal is a woman, and the one I saw was most definitely not. But you get the idea...



I'm thinking of going back with a Sharpie to do it myself. It grates on my mind even as I type this. Or they may have more steeped tea and will have taken the offending sign down by now. I hope.


I owe you a big kiss for that blog. Spent the last 15 minutes there. Subscribed to her RSS feed. Wicked!

Alec Lynch

Did I ever tell you about my philosophy professor? I think you two would have gotten along well.

He once came into the history society room where I was lounging and took a look at one of the posters someone had tacked up. It was simply a Latin sentence that translates to "if you can read this; you're overeducated."

Without batting an eyelash or cracking a smile he pulled out a pen, crossed out one word, added another, and put in a punctuation mark.

I've never really thought he got the spirit of the message.

Moksha Gren

Can't say the punctuation would have offended me (big shock, I know.) Just doesn’t seem significant on a sign like this, the line breaks do the job nicely.

Plus, I would have used a comma where you used a colon (more friendly-like) and a period where you used a semicolon. Nothing wrong with a semicolon exactly, but a period does the job just as nicely and seems less pedantic…assuming of course “less pedantic” is a goal ;)


I can't believe I know you guys!!! Or should I say i cant believe i know U guys


*LOL* I thought you were going to say they used "color" instead of "colour" or something like that...!


(Oh, I can resist anything but temptation...)


That's "speaking wrongly" ;) 'Tis an adverb; you know, like 'well' instead of 'good' :D


Grammar Nazi

Moksha Gren

Further, Mark, is "feling good" actually wrong? Feeling "well" could mean that my fingers are sensitive or that I am feeling healthy. Adverb, here. Feeling "good" on the other hand sees good as an adjective describing your current mood. But I think, "I'm feeling good today," is a perfectly correct sentence.

What does bug me is when people respond to "How are you?" with "I'm well." Neal Conan on NPR does this sort of over-correction...unless, of course, he actually means that he is not ill, in which case he is correct.


"I'm good"


Grammar Nazi's partner, who wonders if 'doing well' instead is equally ungrammatical.

Moksha Gren

I think "I'm doing well" is perfect. Adverb modifying "doing."


Whenever someone asks me how I am I say " I am well thanks". anyone want to devour that???


I totally understand Simon. Where I used to catch the bus in front of Manulife place, there are a million banners that say "The Shop's at Manulife Place". It made me angry every day!

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