Friday Follies #124 – Making Grammar Great Again, One Hyphen at a Time

What a difference a letter makes… or two, or three. The wrong ones… missing ones… or simply misplaced. Let’s face it, there are tons of ways to make language mistakes. Here are a few the Grammar Cop found recently.

  1. “The entrance to the fair is free of charge, however prices will apply to the different vendors and exhibitors on sight.”
  2. “Music and Rythm avec Tiana de la rûche musicale”
  3. “Fixed base rent for three years for new resident’s signing a lease before April 30, 2018”



  1. If your “sight” is poor, you may not notice that it should be on site. Site is the word to use if you’re referring to a location. Yes, such as a Web site (often written as one word, website).
  2. The English spelling is rhythm. This entire phrase, seen in an ad for children’s activities, can’t seem to decide whether it wants to be in English or in French… so it made the schizoid decision to divide itself in half. 😀 (Typical in our charming city of Montreal – I mean Montréal – by the way!)
  3. Sigh. Once again: why does “resident” have an apostrophe before the “s”? Is it possessive (as in “did you see the resident’s lease”)? No, it’s not. The only other time you would put an apostrophe before an “s” is if a letter is left out, as in the contraction it’s for it is; or let’s for let us. In this ad it’s meant to be a simple plural, and should say for new residents signing a lease.

I trust that the sight of these bloopers on this site has not offended your eyes too badly. See you next week!

10 thoughts on “Friday Follies #124 – Making Grammar Great Again, One Hyphen at a Time

  1. 1-Obviously a complete oversite by the editor.
    2-vay’ Dapvetlh wej chenmoH ghu’vam. (which is Klingon for “This does not make any sense.”)
    3-With such terrible grammar you know that nothing will be fixed there for three years and they probably don’t give much heat in the winter either. 🙂

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