The Grammar Cop’s word of the day is: egregious. It means blatantly offensive, which is how she would describe today’s mistakes.
- HUFFINGTONPOST.COM: The first of these awful boo-boos is in “The Simpson case drug on so long that it spun off yet another…”
- THE SUBURBAN: Because what’s an FF post without them, right? “The Montreal Action Centre Foundation’s held it’s 8th Annual President’s Cup…”
- MONTREAL TIMES: In an ad: “484 Beacons ield, Beacons ield, H9W 4C4” (Okay, maybe this one’s not fair. Here’s a great big hint.)
- I was drinking coffee when reading this, and I almost choked. What is the past tense of drag? Is it (arghh) “drug”? (searing look of disgust on my face) No! The past tense of drag is, altogether now, dragged!
- Thank you for your article, Mr. Editor-in-Chief of The Suburban. You’ve given me the Most Egregious of All Award-winner, the dreaded “it’s” that should be its, because its is possessive, and when its is in the possessive form, it has NO APOSTROPHE. (The only time it’s is spelled with an apostrophe is when it’s short for it is. Like just there, did you see it? 😉 ) By the way, there’s also another error in the half-sentence, and you probably spotted it: what’s the ‘s doing at the end of Foundation? Does it possess something? No it doesn’t. I’m sure this is just an egregious typo.
- Yes, it’s true that the Grammar Cop does not generally single out typos. We all make them. Even (dang it!) the Grammar Cop herself. (And she fittingly hangs her head in shame whenever that happens, I can assure you.) But I am almost positive that she has never made a double-typo like this. In this ad, the same letter is omitted both in the street name and in the Town name: Beaconsfield. If you had clicked on the hint up there, you would’ve seen the proper spelling in their yelp.ca listing. One typo may be forgiven; two – the same one, mind you – never!
The Grammar Cop remains ever vigilant in the cause for peace, justice, and the Right Way of Writing. See you next week!