Flexibility

Rust-Oleum’s leak seal product might be flexible, but the dictionary is not!

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Just in case the photo above didn’t elicit a good chuckle, here is a photo I took at work earlier this week:

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Grammar gold

First things first:  Happy New Year!

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.)

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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.

Not focused enough

WOW.  Can you believe 2012 is almost over?

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:

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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!

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Served with Red Pen Dipping Sauce

Following my latest post, it is pure coincidence that I passed this KFC sign.  Is it possible that the everlasting rumors about KFC using genetically mutated chicken are true?  “Snow” cones aren’t really made of snow, and one of the world’s most popular suppliers is called SnoShack.  Notice the missing w?  Maybe “chicken” is missing a c because these bites aren’t really made of chicken.

Which begs the question, what is “chiken”?  Let’s play another round of DEFINE IT!  Leave your clever definitions in the comments section and let’s see if we can figure out just what $4.99 will get you at this KFC.

Spell check will sabotage your writing

A few nights ago, I was composing a post for my cooking blog and I was surprised to see a squiggly, red line appear under the word “refried.” (ARGH, it just happened again!) Okay, I thought, maybe it’s not recognized as a word because it’s a term that applies specifically to beans. Yeah, that’s right. I basically just accused WordPress of having a prejudice against beans.

However, as I continued to type, I saw another squiggly line pop up under the word “folded.” At that point, I deleted the words and retyped them both. Glitches happen. But this was no glitch; despite retyping the words “folded” and “refried” a couple of times, WordPress was downright convinced they were misspelled words.

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The Biggest Loser: lose pounds, not punctuation!

This season of The Biggest Loser is the first I’ve ever watched. Unfortunately for my fiance, I became addicted after the first episode and now I’ve gone back to watch past seasons on Netflix. Not only do I hog the TV at times, but I won’t shut up about the show.

Anyway, for those of you who don’t watch it, the gym in which the contestants work out is lined with motivational posters that display various quotes from the trainers:

One poster in particular irks me to no end. Maybe it’s just the grammar snob in me, but no saying is so motivational that it can’t be squashed by a missing apostrophe:

Your grammar is broken. Will you fix that, too?

I’m sorry, but I just can’t let this one go. It’s bad enough the error happened to begin with, but it’s been this way for SEVERAL seasons. A show as “big” (pun intended) as The Biggest Loser can’t fix a simple missing apostrophe?

Star treatment

Katie sent me this picture and I couldn’t resist sharing. The TV show Drop Dead Diva is filmed where she lives, and these signs are set out when they film outdoor scenes. Apparently there is only one extra on the show.

Pandora’s box (of abused apostrophes)

Pandora is one of my daily necessities. Though I consider myself a professional grammar snob, from 8 to 5 I am a finance assistant and it’s nearly impossible to crunch numbers without some good tunes.

On the contrary, it’s impossible to enjoy good tunes when Pandora screws it all up with crap like this:

No, this is NOT alright with me.

What's a whod?

Srub-a-dub-dub

Instead of poking fun at #1 Nail Salon for misspelling the word “scrub,” I’ve come up with a new idea. In the comments, submit your own definition of the word “srub.” Maybe (just maybe) if we give it a real meaning, this sign will make a fraction of a percentage of sense.

Stples cn’t spll

Even worse, Staples can’t spell their own name.

I guess part of that $15 in savings used to contribute to paying someone competent enough to spell the store’s name correctly.