The Grammar Cop had a busy week and regrets her tardiness. Get a whiff of these obnoxious goofs!
- “…he has flown many sweep areal shots in Hollywood movies.” CNN.COM – I suppose they would indeed be “areal” shots if they were photos of “areas”… But my dictionary (dictionareal?) says the spelling should be aerial, as in “flying, up above, birdlike, etc.
- Hold onto your hats: “We feel privelidged and honored to serve our…” I will not name the perpetrator of this horror. However I will say it was in an ad. Yes. An ad that someone paid good money for, to appear in a newspaper, which will also remain unidentified, as I am feeling compassionate today. Of course: privileged.
- “(he) says he was given more or less free reign from…” THE SUBURBAN – The Grammar Cop sees this incorrect word choice time and time again. It is rein. Free rein is the phrase, it refers to the act of holding a horse’s reins loosely so that the critter is more free to go wherever it wants, and as fast as it wants. (I’m using it because we don’t know if it’s a mare or a stallion. Just sayin’.)
That’s it for this week