Good to see you again, Friday Folliestas! This week the Grammar Cop brings you another trio of terrible boo-boos. And she is sorry she couldn’t find a synonym for “boo-boo” starting with a “t.” Ah well, such is life.
- THE SUBURBAN (Hey, I gave it a week off!): “…a lot of dough, depending on who you hire, the size of…”
- MONTREAL GAZETTE: “It was about feeling everything, wherever that lead.”
- MONTREAL GAZETTE: a BIG blooper in an ad! See below for the reveal.
And now for the corrections.
- It should be “depending on whom you hire.” Whom is the object of the verb, hire.
- The past tense of “lead” is led, not “lead.” I understand the writer figured that since the past tense of “read” is spelled the same as the present, then the same should go for “lead.” But it doesn’t. Why not? This is one of the great mysteries of English. 😉 The Grammar Cop always thought it’s because of the different origins of the two words, but actually these do look very similar. According to my dictionary, “lead” is from the Middle English leden, from Old English lǣdan; see leit- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots. “Read” is from Middle English reden, from Old English rǣdan, to advise; see ar- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots. But anyway, the past tense of “lead” is still led!
- Okay, this is a whopper of a typo. Normally the Grammar Cop doesn’t indulge in typos, because then she’d be busy here all week. But since this is a REPEATED typo, the same misspelled word about two inches apart, it deserves to be featured here in Friday Follies! This was in an ad in the Gazette’s November 19th issue… the big, fat, weekend edition. I’m emphasizing this, because all the more reason, one would think, not to let mistakes like this go by! The offences took place in 20-point type, Arial bold (or similar), and were emblazoned below tempting pictures of nice, snazzy cars:
2014 CARMY 2014 CARMY
…followed by their specs and prices. (Insert eye roll emoji.) And not one person noticed this before it went to print?
I’m now going to lie down and REALX!