Welcome back, Friday Follies fans! (Oooh, triple alliteration!) The Grammar Cop’s haul today features three annoying errors… well, annoying to said Grammar Cop, anyway.
All these gaffes are from – say it with me – THE SUBURBAN, a frequent-flyer Friday Follies (quadruple alliteration!) generator.
- “Given the low-price of Uber rides, the service has also become very popular with Montrealers…” Inquiring picky minds want to know: what’s with the hyphen between low and price? The only time it’s acceptable to insert a hyphen there is if the words are used together as a compound adjective, such as a low-price cruise. (Although that should really be low-priced cruise!) But their usage? NO.
- “…between St. Catherine and de Maissoneuve.” My fellow savvy Montrealers will wince at this mistake. It should be de Maisonneuve. This is especially galling since it was spotted in the editorial, for heaven’s sake. If the editor’s writing is less than stellar, it should be proofread! This gaffe is also bad because Paul de Chomedey, Sieur de Maisonneuve, was the founder (in 1642) of our fair city, Montreal. Next year we’ll celebrate our 375th birthday. Sheesh.
- This one is just downright bothersome. In the classified ads, you will repeatedly see fractions typed like this: 41/2. 31/2. What ARE those? Are they 4 1/2 and 3 1/2? Or are they 41 divided by 2? 31 divided by 2? I just wince when I see this. Put a space in there, puleeeeze!
Many eye rolls later – have a great weekend! 😀