Friday Follies #205 – Making Grammar Great Again, One Hyphen at a Time

Hi again, grammarphiles – long time no see! Fasten your seat belts for another batch o’ boo-boos, scurrying out from under the rock moved by your intrepid Grammar Cop! 😀

  1. “$320 FORESOME; $80 single entry” (Golf tournament ad!)
  2. “…head over to Chez Nick on Greene Ave. for breakfast. This classic family diner celebrates it’s centenary next year.”
  3. “‘Family Picnic’ journal was ordered by a mother of the family, who’s daughter was just about to give birth to her second child.”


The corrections:

  1. At first glance, this appears to be a clever pun on ‘foursome,’ doesn’t it? But alas. It’s just a stupid mistake – don’t you agree?
  2. Here we have yet another botched it’s/its situation. Once again: IT’S is the contraction for IT IS; ITS = POSSESSIVE. So: celebrates its centenary. This is an exception to the rule we usually follow, which is to add ‘s to a word to make it possessive. With it, no apostrophe means possessive: its tail – its cover – its back – its side.
  3. This is a mistake seen way too often – especially on social media: WHO’S is a contraction for WHO IS. So how do we write the possessive form of WHO? Another exception: WHOSE! Whose jacket? Whose lunch? Whose ticket? Whose books?

Stay tuned for next Friday’s post-Halloween QUIZ. Let’s see how much you FF regulars have retained over these many weeks of toil and trouble! 😈



4 thoughts on “Friday Follies #205 – Making Grammar Great Again, One Hyphen at a Time

  1. 1-I was hoping it was a clever pun. And would hope they would at least give a discount for a foursome.
    2-Yet another apostrophe catastrophe. (sigh)
    3-Unfortunately the writer didn’t order a grammar book.
    No doubt we will all be frightened by the bad grammar and spelling in the Halloween edition. 😀

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