Friday Follies #217 – Making Grammar Great Again, One Hyphen at a Time

Welcome back to grammar-goof land, FF followers! Let’s peek at the plethora of blatant boo-boos collected by our intrepid Grammar Cop!

  1. A seasoned expert needs thousands of hours of flight experience just to take the reigns of a complex aircraft like a Sikorsky S-76B helicopter.
  2. …they say no, only to have a major disaster when the hairdresser applies chemicals to hair they were lead to believe was previously untreated.
  3. My mind says, “That depends. Do you know what hurt is?” Because my mind has a bad attitude and a flare for the dramatic.


And the corrections:

  1. As the Grammar Cop has mentioned once or twice (or maybe 50 times?) before, the phrase take the reins is often used as a metaphor; it refers to taking the reins of a horse. We do not “take the reigns” of anyone or anything – unless perhaps you wipe out the entire royal family… which I think you might be a tad loath to do.😀
  2. Here’s another blooper that we may have (yes!) covered before. The past tense of the verb “to lead” is spelled led. It rhymes with “bread,” but it does not include an “a.” Perhaps that is to distinguish it from “lead,” the metal, as in “lead pipes.”
  3. Did you spot the misspelled word? It should say a flair for the dramatic. Flare and flair are commonly confused words (as are rein and reign, and lead and led above). Such pairs are called homophones.

Now this post is called finished. Hope to see you next week! 😄



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