Welcome back to the Grammar Cop’s hangout, where we share the boo-boos of the week that we have come across. Today’s little assortment is brought to you by the letter ‘P’ as in Proofreading! Please do it!
- From THE SUBURBAN, our local weekly (and prolific – though wholly unintentional – supplier of material for this blog): “I know that our work … will improve the lives of Canadians by developing stronger partnerships amoung our communities.” Yes, I know that “amoung” might just be a mere typo. But you know what? It’s among the worst I’ve seen. It’s just too ugly to ignore!
- From SALON.COM, an otherwise respectable online magazine: “In a candid and often funny interview …, the recently retired Speaker of the House John Boehner let’s everyone know how…” Okay. Let’s review this: LET’S is short for LET US. Therefore the use of it in this quoted sentence is wrong. It should simply be lets, which is the third-person singular form of the verb, let – which is what you need here. That apostrophe has got to go!
- Back to THE SUBURBAN again: “Without its technological discoveries, we could not have perfected cellphones, personal computers and the entire gambit of communication and information hardware and software that have…” Nope, not so fast. The word “gambit” means, according to the Free Dictionary: “A maneuver, stratagem, or opening remark, especially one intended to bring about a desired result.” It is not to be confused with gamut – defined as “a complete range or extent” – which is obviously the meaning that had been intended here.
And that is the entire gamut of gaffes for today. Thanks for reading, and let’s meet again next Friday!