Hi, picky grammar pals! Your host, the Grammar (Goddess) Cop, has rooted out another mess o’ mistakes for you!
- “Lindsay Lohan bitten by snake on holiday in Thailand” [headline]
- “Williams began the match with an ace, but Andreescu was unphased.”
- “I was loathe to come home to have it looked at, because I was supposed to deliver an oral argument for my legal writing class.” [2 errors]
- Do you wonder how the snake managed to pay for its ticket to Thailand? Lucky snake, to be able to get away for a nice vacation! But seriously folks, let’s fix this: Lindsay Lohan, on holiday in Thailand, was bitten by a snake. OR: On holiday in Thailand, Lindsay Lohan was bitten by a snake. Sentence order – so important!
- She was “unphased,” was she? No she wasn’t! She was unfazed. See here.
- The first error is in spelling. When “loath” is used as an adjective as it is here (it modifies the pronoun I), it does not have an e on the end: I was loath to come home… (When used as a verb, it takes an e: We loathe snakes!) The second glitch is the instance of hyphen-o-phobia. It should say legal-writing class, because in this sentence legal-writing acts as a compound adjective modifying the noun, class. Did you pass the bar exam? 😃
May you all have an excellent snake-free week!
One thought on “Friday Follies #199 – Making Grammar Great Again, One Hyphen at a Time”
1-Snakes are fond of traveling. Well-documented on the film “Snakes on a Plane”.
2-The author of that article should be phased out of a job.
3-I would be loath to hire that person for legal matters.
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