Friday Follies #199 – Making Grammar Great Again, One Hyphen at a Time

Hi, picky grammar pals! Your host, the Grammar (Goddess) Cop, has rooted out another mess o’ mistakes for you!

  1. “Lindsay Lohan bitten by snake on holiday in Thailand” [headline]
  2. “Williams began the match with an ace, but Andreescu was unphased.”
  3. “I was loathe to come home to have it looked at, because I was supposed to deliver an oral argument for my legal writing class.” [2 errors]

 

The corrections:

  1. Do you wonder how the snake managed to pay for its ticket to Thailand? Lucky snake, to be able to get away for a nice vacation! But seriously folks, let’s fix this: Lindsay Lohan, on holiday in Thailand, was bitten by a snake. OR: On holiday in Thailand, Lindsay Lohan was bitten by a snake. Sentence order – so important!
  2. She was “unphased,” was she? No she wasn’t! She was unfazed. See here.
  3. The first error is in spelling. When “loath” is used as an adjective as it is here (it modifies the pronoun I), it does not have an e on the end: I was loath to come home…  (When used as a verb, it takes an e: We loathe snakes!)  The second glitch is the instance of hyphen-o-phobia. It should say legal-writing class, because in this sentence legal-writing acts as a compound adjective modifying the noun, class. Did you pass the bar exam? 😃

May you all have an excellent snake-free week!

 

 

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