Friday Follies #238 – Making Grammar Great Again, One Hyphen at a Time

Hello, Friday Follies friends! Here’s another roundup of ghastly gaffes gathered by the Grammar Cop!

  1. Carson’s Over-The-Counter Genius Pill Hit’s Market By Storm [click-bait headline]
  2. I like to imagine what other structures and styles might have framed these early attempts to write myself down, in the somewhat sideways universe where the Black personal needn’t feel yolked, always and inevitably, to the Black body politic.
  3. Due to their configuration, rear fender skirts are areas where sand, salt, dust and other debris easily build-up, creating zones where moisture also loves to settle in.

And the corrections:

  1. Well, lookee here – a verb that’s in the third person singular, properly ending in “s,” with an apostrophe right before it! Why in heaven’s name is that in there? “Hit” is a verb, and when a verb ends in “s” such as gives, takes, runs, HITS, no darn apostrophe should show its ugly face. Well, ugly in this instance. My fabulous friend Magick Mermaid will probably comment that this writer obviously did not take the Genius Pill. 😄 (Said writer also isn’t familiar with the proper expression, which is takes the market by storm, not hits the market by storm. We can guess that perhaps English is not the writer’s first language.)
  2. Yes, this is a long sentence. No, this time we’re not going to concern ourselves with what may or may not be correct. We’re going to zero in on the one thing that for sure isn’t right: “yolked.” No eggs should be involved with the writing of this sentence! The intended word is yoked, which means joined together.
  3. Guess what? A hyphen was inserted here unnecessarily! The only time to write “build-up” is when it’s a noun phrase, as in: “There’s a build-up of rust on the fender.”  But in the verb phrase here, no hyphen is needed. The sentence should read: …rear fender skirts are areas where sand, salt, dust and other debris easily build up, creating zones where moisture also loves to settle in.

The Grammar Cop’s work is done. For now. See you next week, stay safe and well, everyone!

4 thoughts on “Friday Follies #238 – Making Grammar Great Again, One Hyphen at a Time

  1. 1-I definitely would have made that comment! 😀
    Yet another Apostrophe Catastrophe. Can the Apostrophe Apocalypse be far behind?
    2-A rather scrambled sentence. Don’t egg me on or there will be more bad yolks.
    3-A hyphen hyperbole? 😀

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