Friday Follies #164 – Making Grammar Great Again, One Hyphen at a Time

Welcome back, Friday Follies followers! The Grammar Cop has found more miserable mistakes in the weekly local rag newspaper for you!

  1. “The second [reason] was to accomodate those residents who didn’t want commercial material at their doors.”
  2. “The young girl actress that plays Billie the daughter is simply amazing!”
  3. “And amidst all this, he was the co-author of a remarkable 70 year long love story with his beloved Barbara.”


The corrections:

  1. May I point out that whenever a word is spelled wrong, a red squiggly line will appear under it in most computer programs, in order to alert you. Therefore I can only conclude that the author of this sentence ignored the red squiggly line that surely underlined “accomodate” – just as it did now when I typed it in my WordPress editor! The correct spelling is accommodate. It’s not hard – we just need to remember it has both a double-c and double-m. Think of this: Accommodations are for double occupancy.
  2. This sentence, short as it is, is terrible. First of all, why write “the young girl actress”? It’s redundant. We can say the young actress or the young girl, but not both. Second: When a pronoun refers to a person (instead of a thing), we never say “that.” It’s who or whom, depending on whether it’s the subject or object of the clause. Here, It should say The young actress who plays Billie, because who is the subject of the verb, plays. Third: “Billie the daughter” – no commas? The Grammar Cop likes commas to set off the phrase, “the daughter.” Fourth: “Simply amazing” sounds simply juvenile! No need for “simply.” “Amazing” is strong enough all by its lonesome. So the improved sentence would read: The young actress who plays Billie, the daughter, is amazing. It’s still at about a fifth-grade level, but at least it’s now grammatically correct!
  3. Yes: hyphen-o-phobia. The phrase should be: 70-year-long love story, since 70-year-long is an adjectival phrase modifying the noun phrase, “love story” (which doesn’t need a hyphen)(I swear).

I have offered my editing or proofreading services to this rag newspaper in question many times, but have always been rebuffed. That’s okay. Their bloopers keep the Grammar Cop constantly busy! 😀



9 thoughts on “Friday Follies #164 – Making Grammar Great Again, One Hyphen at a Time

  1. You were on top of it Ellie – I marveled at how many ways they could describe the deceased Bush this week as his flag-draped casket made the rounds from Texas to Washington, D.C. I would say “the casket of former President Bush …” but sometimes I heard “the body” and some even said “the remains” … “the remains” seemed very wrong to me.

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