Friday Follies #113 – Making Grammar Great Again, One Hyphen at a Time

Hi Friday Follies followers! From now on, the Grammar Cop is going to put a bit more emphasis on the language crimes themselves. No longer will media outlets (newspaper, website etc.) be named because that’s as useless as saying the perpetrator robbed this store vs. that store, or was speeding on this road but not that one. It’s the crime that counts!

  1. “Design & Stylism” (Seen in a real-estate ad)
  2. “Wherever you’re loved one decides to go, moving into a retirement home or…”
  3. “Quebec-born environmentalist Hubert Reeves is often attributed with the quote: ‘Man is the most insane species…'”




  1. Is “stylism” a word? No, the dictionary tells us it is not. Trust me, your Grammar Cop Extraordinaire. They could have simply said Style or, better yet, Decor.
  2. Whether you’re speaking of my loved one or your loved one, please remember how to spell it. You’re is always short for you are. Your is used to refer to the possessive, as in your shoes, your spouse, your loved one.
  3. The preposition after “attributed” is wrong. A person is never attributed “with” a quote. In fact, the word “attributed” is never used this way. It’s only used like this: The fact that I like waking up late can be attributed to my very late bedtime. (Yes, sadly, this is true. 😀 ) But in the original sentence quoted in crime #3 above, the simplest correction would be to swap the word “attributed” with a different word that we can use here, such as: …Hubert Reeves is often credited with the quote: “Man…  – OR, we can rewrite it as: Hubert Reeves is often quoted as saying “Man… 

Man, I think we’ve seen enough crimes for one day! Let’s end this post stylishly.




10 thoughts on “Friday Follies #113 – Making Grammar Great Again, One Hyphen at a Time

  1. 1-What about designism and styliciousness? Either way, I wouldn’t buy a property from them.
    2-No doubt they are going as far away as possible from the atrocious grammar.
    3-Hubert Reeves was correct! And he went on to explain that grammar faux pas are escalating an an alarming rate. 😀

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    1. Oh my goodness – I thought I had already replied to this! Mea culpa! Anyway, I cannot think of a clever riposte. It is 8:55 a.m. now, and as I’ve mentioned, too early for this late-bird to think cleverly. 😬 But please do tune in again next Friday, at which point I promise pithy comments worthy of a highly intelligent magical mermaid such as yourself. 👍🏻

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  2. Hmmm… can one not say, “The quote, ‘I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse,’ is often attributed to Jonathon Winters when in fact it was said by Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone in the movie, ‘The Godfather.'”?

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  3. Enjoyed your words of wisdom. I spent the past week, reading program coding instructions, written by Americans. I thought my head would explode seeing all the wrong uses of words. Some of them, looked like they’d used a cell phone to dictate the articles, and not proof read them.

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