Happy Thanksgiving weekend, American FF fans. Be thankful you didn’t write these abominations! 😄
- “Trump rung in Thanksgiving weekend with a photoshopped image of his face atop a golden, perfectly oiled torso.”
- “Rotrand motion important step in reigning in police prejudice”
- “The book argued, somewhat triumphally, that the new emerging majority was inexorable and inevitable.”
- First of all: “rung” is incorrect. The proper form of the past tense here should be rang. (“Rung” is used in “has rung” or “had rung” – or a rung of a ladder. 😅 Secondly: “photoshopped” should be capitalized, unless you want to be sued by Photoshop. I’m kidding, they don’t know you exist. But still. It’s a brand name, which must be capitalized. Thirdly, did I really want the image of Trump’s face “atop a golden perfectly oiled etc.” seared into my brain? Urg…
- This was a headline atop the main editorial in our weekly
ragnewspaper. Shame! You do not “reign in” something! The term is rein in, as the Grammar Cop has explained before (although not to the rag‘s editor, as perhaps she should have). The expression stems from to rein in a horse. Easy-peasy when you know, right?
- Speaking of easy-peasy, this one’s quick: there is no such word as “triumphally.” If you want to make an adverb out of triumphant, the word is triumphantly.
Okay, that’s all the Grammar Cop could cope with! Don’t eat too much. Don’t buy too much. Say buh-bye nicely to your visiting relatives, that’s it… remember, you have a whole year to recuperate! 😅
4 thoughts on “Friday Follies #210 – Making Grammar Great Again, One Hyphen at a Time”
1-Two bigly mistakes in one sentence. (Reprogrammed brain to remove all memory of that image.)
2-That newspaper is the reigning king of grammar mistakes.
3-Sounds like a covfefe to me. 😀
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Yep, this haul o’ horrors was a bigly one indeed. Special for your Thanksgiving celebration! 🙄😁 Hope you had a lovely holiday, which here in Canada was called: Thursday. 😄🤣
I enjoyed those, Ellie. I’m not great at proper grammar, but I really get some laughs reading instructions from China. Really sad that these are from the US.
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I know – they don’t seem to teach this stuff in schools anymore, or if they do, maybe the kids don’t may much attention. It’s too bad.