Friday Follies #132 – Making Grammar Great Again, One Hyphen at a Time

A few easy-peasy gaffes for you to detect today, FF followers! Let’s see if you can fix ’em!

  1. “First-class accomodation for your pets: dogs, cats, birds, rodents, reptiles. Since 1990.”
  2. “…was one of the more short-lived personnel moves in a White House known for turbulent staff turnover and infighting, and the first to envelope the vice-president, who…”
  3. “Kevin clearly mislead us about his bigfoot porn Tumblr post. So…”



The corrections:

  1. Whoa, that was close! I corrected the mistake from habit, and then had to go back and re-introduce it so you could find it! Haha! Did you see it? It should be accommodation. It’s easy to remember if you just say to yourself that the word accommodate always accommodates 2 Cs and 2 Ms.
  2. “Envelope” is a noun, with the accent on the En. But the verb, intended here, is envelop, pronounced with the accent on the vel.
  3. Tricky! “Tumblr” is not the error. Tumblr is, according to Google, “a microblogging and social networking website founded by David Karp in 2007.” No, the problem is “mislead.” The word “mislead” is misleading. (Heh.) “Mislead” is always the present tense. When you want the past tense, as in the above sentence, it’s misled. I’m sure the problem is that people confuse “lead” with the word “read.” They are different when it comes to the past tense. The past tense of “read” (pronounced reed) is read (pronounced red). But the past tense of “lead” or “mislead” is led or misled.

All clear as mud? I hope I didn’t mislead you! If I misled you I apologize! I will be more accommodating next week, I promise!



14 thoughts on “Friday Follies #132 – Making Grammar Great Again, One Hyphen at a Time

        1. It is a newswoman I follow – she posted a sign at a hotel that gave the amenities and they crowded too many words together and the last two lines were:

          “hot biscuits and”

          “gravy hot tub”

          So it wasn’t grammar per se, but the way the sign lined up and she wrote “gravy hot tub” – hmmmm. You didn’t miss much – the image looked better than I described it here. 🙂

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  1. 1-My rodents and reptiles were appalled by the misspelling and went to stay elsewhere.
    2-Many are of the opinion that almost everyone in the White House should be packaged in large envelopes and thrown back into the swamp.
    3-I had no idea that Bigfoot was so depraved. 😀

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  2. Maybe we can envelop Trump, Pence et al in a giant envelope, mislead them out the back door of the White House and Tumblr them out into first-class accommodations in the fabled swamp! 😀

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