Friday Follies #233 – Making Grammar Great Again, One Hyphen at a Time

More ghastly grammar glitches found in several well-known publications! Grammar cop exhausted!

  1. Yet the president’s punitive nature – and the long list of people he has fired or tweeted about negatively after they contradicted him – still makes GOP elected officials and his own public-health experts loathe to criticize or correct him.
  2. In addition to several nights of glitzy high-profile speeches to packed arenas, behind the scenes, party officials, elected leaders, donors and activists hob knob at cocktail parties and corporate sponsored events.
  3. “When you have more [cases], you obviously will have more hospitalizations, more ICUs, more respirators, and unfortunately, you’ll have more fatalities,” Gimenez said.

And the corrections:

  1. The misused word in this sentence is “loathe.” This is a common error: loathe is a verb; but what is needed here is the adjective, loath. Loath means unwilling or reluctant; disinclined. The cowards [sorry, sorry!] – I mean the GOP elected officials and his own public health experts are loath to criticize or correct you-know-who.😬
  2. Okay, people, this is a term we don’t often see anymore, so the Grammar Cop will cut the offender some slack. How about you, dear readers? Did you notice the incorrect spelling of hobnob? Yes, “hob knob” is the laughable mistake here.
  3. Do you have time for another blooper? The word “respirator” as used in this sentence is most likely a misnomer. Probably the intended word is ventilator. The dictionary and other sources are very clear about the main difference: A respirator is a contraption you wear on your face. You can easily walk around with it on you. It helps you breathe in a situation where it might otherwise be difficult, such as a very smoky room. A ventilator, on the other hand, is a machine that is used to breathe for a hospital patient who is having a lot of breathing problems. One end of a tube is attached to the machine, while the other end is threaded (by a health professional) down the sedated patient’s throat into his/her lungs, via an intubation process. The ventilator breathes for you by pumping air into your lungs. The sentence in question looks as though it needs the word ventilators.
person in yellow coveralls
Photo of respirator by cottonbro on

Let us hope that none of us will ever require the help of a ventilator! Have a wonderful, safe and healthy week, everyone!


4 thoughts on “Friday Follies #233 – Making Grammar Great Again, One Hyphen at a Time

  1. 1- People may loathe him but are loath to admit it. Perhaps if more people did, he would go away.
    2-Apparently the door knob to the grammar class was locked. Sorry, no slack-cutting here.
    3-Let’s hope no one in the hospital makes this mistake.

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