Welcome back, Folly-ites! Here are the Grammar Cop’s picks o’ the week.
- From the NATIONAL POST: “They appeared to exist in discreet worlds, almost on different planes of reality.” Unless you’re talking about worlds that are, um, “modest,” then you mean discrete (distinct, disconnected).
- SALON.COM: “The elephant in the room is Sanders minority-voter problem.” Now this looks as if the writer wasn’t sure where to put the apostrophe – so he just left it out altogether. I can almost hear him thinking, “Hmm… is it Sanders’? Or Sanders’s…? Or Sander’s?” (For the record, it’s Sanders’s. Check with the New York Times and Washington Post if you don’t believe me.)
- CRAIGSLIST AD: “[G]ood content is absolutely essential to creating a companies voice and message. You need to establish and adhere to style guidelines that make our content consistent.” This one really makes me laugh. It’s an ad for a “digital copywriter,” wherein they very sanctimoniously spell out that they want this person to be highly skilled. But “companies” as a singular possessive? I think not! Of course it is company’s. By the way, the pay they’re offering is not a whole lot more than minimum wage. Off with their heads, I say!
Hmph. I am going to work on my book now. At least I have compleat controle over it.