Friday Follies #216 – Making Grammar Great Again, One Hyphen at a Time

TGIF, and time for another fine Friday Follies, says the Grammar Cop! Have a look at these lulus!

  1. Despite competition on the streaming market becoming fierce in recent years, Netflix manages to stay ahead of the curb by constantly experimenting with original productions and improving user experience along the way.
  2. Asked about this, Mayor Mitchell Brownstein told The Suburban: “We’ve had presentations from other malls in the past, they also want to redevelop, and now Décarie Square is coming to us with their’s.”
  3. He has, ever since his campaign in 2016, made viscous public verbal assaults against justices who appear to disagree with him.


And the corrections:

  1. The idiom here is incorrectly written as “ahead of the curb.” It’s actually ahead of the curve. See the definition here.  We’re disappointed in this boo-boo by Netflix!
  2. The error that should jump out at you is “their’s.” No such word exists. We don’t need the apostrophe, because the word theirs is already possessive. The sentence as a whole is not particularly elegant, but we’ll leave it alone. It won’t keep the Grammar Cop up tonight. 😄
  3. “He” has been known to make vicious verbal assaults, although his orange make-up may be described as “viscous,” defined as thick and sticky.

And our 216th Friday Follies instalment comes to a close. And yes, it’s okay to start a sentence with “and.” And yes, instalment can have only one “l.” And yes, the period goes inside the quotation marks… unless you are British.



5 thoughts on “Friday Follies #216 – Making Grammar Great Again, One Hyphen at a Time

  1. 1- The writer is lucky not to have been kicked to the curb after that ridiculous faux pas.
    2- Apostrophe catastrophe. It could have been worse. “theres”
    3- I’m siding with the writer this time. Poetic license. 😀

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  2. I might wish to argue a little bit, if what they are attempting to do in example two is to accurately quote someone. If the speaker said “theirs” shouldn’t it be quoted as such? You can always put [sic] after the usage to show you know better. Or was it strictly the apostrophe you objected to? (I’m second guessing myself because I was eating salad while reading this and distracted reading does affect outcome and understanding.)

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    1. I took issue with #2 because whoever the reporter was who wrote the article containing this excerpt, apparently cannot spell “theirs.” He or she has the honour of being the sole author of the abominable mistake, “their’s.” (Hope your salad was yummy!)

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