Friday Follies #182 – Making Grammar Great Again, One Hyphen at a Time

Welcome back, Friday Follies followers (say that ten times fast)! Here is another batch of ghastly glitches for your consideration. 😃

  1. “The relationship between a suspect and the slayed victims in Westmoreland was confirmed.”
  2. “Some of the statements show that the driver did not try to avoid the pedestrians at the crosswalk, and there was no attempt to swerve, drive away or break.”
  3. “I’ve seen a number of productions over the years and have enjoyed everyone of them.”


And the corrections:

  1. The word that popped out at me here was “slayed.” WRONG! The victims were slain people, not “slayed.” (Well one way or another, they’re no longer with us, it’s true, but…) Now look: I know there’s a very long dictionary entry for “slay,” and it’s a bit confusing, especially regarding the past tense of the word. But trust the Grammar Cop: the only place that “slayed” is acceptable is when you talk slangily about a comedian in a comedy club – She slayed the crowd with her jokes. Otherwise, when we speak of the past tense of killing people, they were slain because the killer slew them. So the sentence above should read The relationship between a suspect and the slain victims in Westmoreland were confirmed.
  2. This one should be easy-peasy. What do you press down on with your foot, when you want to stop your car? The BRAKE.  So: …swerve, drive away or brake. Note #1: Yes, I know there’s no such word as “peasy.” Note #2: You could make a case for the Oxford comma after “away.” Note #3: Yes, it’s also called a serial comma. See here.
  3. The word “everyone” is not called for here; it should be two words: every one of them. Think of it as each one of them. If you want to argue, go ahead; but you’d be wrong. 😀

Every one of the above gaffes are common infractions the Grammar Cop sees. But stick with her and you’ll never go WRONG again!


9 thoughts on “Friday Follies #182 – Making Grammar Great Again, One Hyphen at a Time

  1. 1-And the writer was charged with bad grammar.
    2-The serial bad speller was also charged with a crime.
    3-I’ve seen a number of sentences containing bad grammar and enjoyed every one of them! 😀


    1. Oh hell’s bells! My eyes must’ve been closed when they reached that part of the sentence. Being a Grammar Cop is very tiring, you know! Thanks! Fixed!


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