Thank you to those of you who traveled through the Internet with me this week! I don’t know when I told you last and I know I don’t say it enough, but I really do appreciate each one of you who takes the time to stop by and read what I’ve written here….and occasionally elsewhere.
Speaking of writing, I thought I’d bring a little discussion a few of us were having on my friend Tanya’s Facebook page over to Snoodlings. In case you’ve forgotten, my daughter and Tanya’s youngest daughter are BFFs. They even have the shirts to prove it.
Unfortunately, the girls have outgrown those shirts so I’ve been looking for replacements. We were shopping in Target the other day and I saw a shirt that I thought might fit the bill:
Then I looked a little closer. Class, can any of you tell me why I refused to purchase this shirt?
I could not in good conscience purchase this shirt because it has an unnecessary apostrophe. Why is it B-F-F-apostrophe-S? This would seem to indicate that something belongs to the BFF. Snoopy’s dog house, perhaps? My comment on Tanya’s page turned into a round table discussion about the improper use of apostrophes to form the plural form of words. I actually felt a little giddy that other friends felt as passionately about the apostrophe as I do.
Now, look. I know that I make grammatical errors daily when I talk and when I speak. In fact, I’ll probably make many more in this post than I usually do simply because I’m being such a grammar snob.
That said, I am always on the lookout for needed edits. Like on grammatically incorrect t-shirts. Just in case you think Target is the only offender, look at this t-shirt from Old Navy:
Online article on http://www.latimes.com
Old Navy is reprinting thousands of collegiate t-shirts because instead of saying, “Let us go!” their t-shirts seem to imply a defeatist team spirit. This team won’t persevere because it “lets go.”
Punctuation and other grammatical mistakes can be funny. One of my favorite books, Eats, Shoots and Leaves is all about punctuation errors that convey meanings that the writer did not intend.
Some blunders cross over from the amusing category into one that makes me feel the way I do whenever I hear someone scrape a fork across a dinner plate.
I’m looking at you, America’s Got Talent.
And you, Miranda Cosgrove. I like iCarly as much as the next forty-one-year-old mom, but Miranda’s song “Dancing Crazy” drove me crazy. Especially the part where she sings “I don’t know where I’m at.”
You don’t know where you are, dear.
My kids laugh at my “Grammar Geek” ways. They also find it amusing that I don’t like certain words that are part of everyday vocabulary. I’m not talking the “bad” words like S.U. (“shut up”) or words that rhyme with “trap” and “smart,” for some reason, I cringe whenever I hear the word “moist.” I just don’t like the way it sounds. I don’t think I’m the only one with word issues. If I remember correctly, my childhood friend Alison didn’t like to hear anyone say the word “toe.”
On the other hand, I have a list of words that I love to say. I have always loved the word “sprocket.” I’m not even sure what it means, I just like the way it feels in my mouth.
Ah, words. They’re fun.
So, I need to know. Do I have any fellow grammar nerds out there? Do any of you have words you love or hate? Come on! Crazy loves company!