Friday Follies #187 – Making Grammar Great Again, One Hyphen at a Time

Hi! Great to see you back again, FFers! The Grammar Cop has more frightful flubs just for you! 😅

  1. “Sometimes the art can be beautiful, as many Montrealers have seen on the sides of all types of structures, spray painted with large creative names of…”
  2. “…the lurid details … caused a scandal the likes that the newspaper-reading public has never seen before.”
  3. “The Sun reported they used to hang out until Kate Middleton demanded that William expelled her from their elite circle.”

 

The corrections:

  1. Here’s a blatant case of hyphen-o-phobia. Have you ever seen “spray-painted” without a hyphen? You have? Well it was wrong then too! This should say: Sometimes the art can be beautiful, as many Montrealers have seen on the sides of all types of structures, spray-painted with large creative names…
  2. Did you catch the mistakes in this sentence excerpt? The first involves the missing words after “likes”: of which (and omit “that”). The second is the tense of “has,” which should be had, to properly convey that the action (that the public never saw before) had taken place before the “lurid details” were exposed. Check it out here. The whole excerpt should read: …the lurid details … caused a scandal the likes of which the newspaper-reading public had never seen before. (Kudos, by the way, to the writer for the hyphenated “newspaper-reading.” We must give credit where credit is due. 😀)
  3. The error here is the verb “expelled,” which is in the wrong mood. It should be the subjunctive mood, expel. So: The Sun reported they used to hang out until Kate Middleton demanded that William expel her from their elite circle.

Clear as mud? Don’t worry! “Expel” the mud with a nice long, hot shower! See you next week for another round of Friday Follies!

 

7 thoughts on “Friday Follies #187 – Making Grammar Great Again, One Hyphen at a Time

  1. 1-The spray paint probably obliterated the hyphen.
    2-The lurid details caused extreme grammar faux pas; the likes of which the newspaper-reading public has come to expect.
    3-I’d like to know who was expelled!

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    1. 1. Haha, probably!
      2. Agreed!
      3. Me too! Unfortunately the answer lies in the bottom of a recycling bin somewhere miles – sorry, kilometres from here! I tend to tear out just the offending bits from the rag- I mean newspaper. 😬😅

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      1. It really makes me wonder if newspapers employ editors. I wonder what would happen if you sent an email to one of these publications with a link to your blog. Surely they would be embarrassed. My comments alone should make them cringe! 😀

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        1. It comes down to money…or lack thereof, I should say. I used to send clippings of goofs regularly to The Suburban. Spoke with the associate editor. He said No to my offer of (cheap) proofreading, lamenting that “they” (the tight-fisted publisher) wouldn’t go for it. “But it hurts your credibility,” I would cry. Nada.

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