Friday Follies #181 – Making Grammar Great Again, One Hyphen at a Time

The Grammar Cop says: So nice to see you all again; we hope you’re all rested and ready for some more grammar goofs!

  1. “Do you need accommodations for your out-of-town guests? Our independant 4-star Hotel Complex features…”
  2. “Not to many women my age can say they’ve beaten 2 absolute killers. I took this as a…”
  3. “This is actually the first time I’ve talked publically about this, but the proof is in the pudding.”


The corrections:

  1. Yes, the following are correct: accommodationsout-of-town guests4-star Hotel Complex (although “hotel complex” doesn’t need to be capitalized). Kudos for the correct hyphens, but a big fat NO to: “independant,” which should be independent. (Perhaps the writer was thinking in French, in which the word is spelled with an a.)
  2. Two problems here, and they both involve the sound that TWO makes! “Not to many women” should be not too many women, because whenever you have too much of something, it’s spelled too. The second boo-boo is the use of “2” in the middle of the sentence. The general rule is to spell out the numbers under ten, but use the numerals above that. So: One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10, 11, 12, make an even dozen. (Also, a sentence should never start with a numeral. So: Twenty-two people came to the party. Did you see 22 people there? I did! 😃)
  3. This is easy; there is no such word as “publically.” It should be publicly. The online dictionary ( says “publically” is a variant of publicly, but publicly” outnumbers “publically” by more than 100 to 1 in Google searches. The Grammar Cop believes that “publically” is an abomination, so case dismissed!

The Grammar Cop is too tired to continue; if she did, she would publicly implode. Therefore she is going to have two naps: one before her bag of unsalted pretzels, and one after. Pre- and post-pretzels, you might say. See you next week!

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