Hi, grammar buffs! This week the Grammar Cop’s flashlight shines on several strange examples of wording – especially strange since they are all in a “Back to School” supplement of our infamous local weekly. I mean, they might be par for the course in the error-ridden Suburban, but in a supplement focusing on education… really?
- “…he felt disinterested, unmotivated, and disconnected to what school had to offer.” Oh dear, where to start? The writer seems to have a blind spot for prepositions. Here’s a quick rundown: One is disinterested in something. One is unmotivated by something. One is disconnected from something. In none of these cases is the correct preposition to, as the author has it.
- In a (rare) ad placed by a pediatrician: “Accepting sick children for same day or next day emergency visits by appointment only.” What? You mean, “Hi, my child here has a fever of 103. Oh, I have to make an appointment? You only have space for tomorrow? Okay, we’ll come back.”
- In a pharmacy ad: “Many seasonal front store products.” I cannot begin to guess at what this means. Any takers?
This “Back to School” supplement has to go back to school.