SMH. (That’s “shaking my head,” right? I can’t keep up with what the damn cool kids are saying these days.) I feel pretty silly right now, because I’ve spent my whole life thinking that furry creature in the photo above is a dog.
Back in November, I saw this ad on Facebook and forgot all about it until I was sifting through my “Pictures” folder this morning. (Note to self: you have too much crap on your computer.)
The obvious mistake is in the statement below the photo. By sharing the photo, you’re not going to “get this rings.” You might get “this ring” or “these rings,” but “this rings” is something a stupid person would give away.
I’m also curious about the claim that one winner will be drawn on 29th. Yeah, there’s a period after “29th,” so I can only assume that’s the end of the sentence. And is the winner drawn–as in, sketched–or is their name drawn from a hat or a raffle drum?
I wish you all a happy 2013 and hope you all stick to your resolutions for at least a week.
Wow. That was a really cliche thing to say. Okay, scratch that. Let’s just move on to the juicy stuff.
In a recent issue of Boise Weekly, a local alternative newspaper, I found this:
There’s a hidden danger in choosing a fancy shmancy font. Although it’s not obvious right off the bat, the word “throughout” is missing an “r.” It’s good to be financially sane and focused, but we shouldn’t lose focus on our grammar while we’re at it!
Last week, I began composing a text message to my best friend to wish her a happy Thanksgiving. The predictive text feature on my phone has always been pretty useless. For instance: if I type the word “boo,” it suggests I might be trying to type “hop,” and if I type “finish,” my phone thinks I meant to type “Fijan.” But I have to say, my Thanksgiving text really takes the cake.
When I say “thanks,” my phone says “grammar.” I totally see the resemblance.
Before you leave my blog and resume your Facebooking or Pinteresting or watching videos of really weird Japanese banana commercials or whatever it is you do on the Internet, please check out my new blog, Lady Potpourri. It’s brand new and can only be described as a collection of random, smartass thoughts that I jot down when I’m brave enough to let my mind wander.
Fear not, fellow grammar snobs: I have not been sucked into a black hole. The bittersweet explanation of my absence these past few weeks is simply that I have not seen any grammar errors floating about. This is good news for the fate of the English language, but bad news for a woman whose blog depends on poor language skills.
Last night as I was perusing the TV listings, I found this:
Annnnnnd we’re back!
You might be wondering, What does the Grammaniac even do when she doesn’t have any grammar to criticize? First, I finally self-published my Christmas children’s book. Believe it or not, I actually have a soft spot for children and fun, imaginative stories. I know: mind blown, right?
In tonight’s post, I’m going to stray–ever so slightly–from the subject of grammar. I will, however, keep the topic within the realm of the English language. I invite you to join me as I laugh mercilessly at an advertisement for a vest.
In high school, I studied French for three years. I’m all too familiar with the frustration of translation; therefore, I understand that imperfect translations are bound to happen:
Chinese to English: could be worse…
But there’s a big difference between an imperfect translation and downright gibberish. (Click to enlarge.)
Korean to English: ouch, my brain!
Wait, I’m not finished laughing.
Because I have firsthand experience with trying to speak a language I hardly know, I can’t justify criticizing this awful translation. However, that doesn’t mean I won’t laugh my ass off every time I read it.
I paid a visit to the Planet Fitness website so I could transfer my membership, and I found this little error hiding out in one of the menus:
“Select” can be a verb or an adjective. You can “select” a slice of cheesecake from a dessert tray. You can throw a party for a “select” group of friends. But I’m here to tell you that you can’t choose a “select” from a menu.