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Sorry | July 27, 2007

Talk about being lax. But, since Bethie scolded me below for neglecting this site, I’ll pop something up that caught my eye this week. A few weeks back, my former boss directed my attention to an e-newsletter called The Head Butler that gives general information and tips about good music, books, movies, and other things. Yesterday, my daily Butler update contained the editor’s grammatical pet peeves, prompted by the ubiquitous misuse of apostrophes. Honestly, if English is your first language and you passed the fourth grade, these should not stump you. Anyhow, he has most of the usual suspects in there, including my pet since/because and over/more than peeves. Perhaps this would be a good starting point for the official Geode Style Guide.

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Posted in Grammar, Style Sheet


  1. Good article. Reading the following phrase…

    “But ignorance of grammar is not only on the march, it seems to be filtering up; kids get it wrong and elders look the other way.”

    ….reminds me about what I heard on the radion this morning.

    On the 102.1 morning show one of the dj guys was talking about how text messaging could infiltrate our everyday lives. he gave some example where he texted ‘we thought you were in town’ or something like that but for thought he typed ‘thot’ and for you he typed ‘u.’ He is wondering if all this texting & the abbreviations we use are going to trickle in to spoken language & the dictionary.

    Example, I already say “wtf” at times.
    Another example, before we discontinued the cable, I was flipping around and landed on the food network. I saw Rachael Ray being presented with some type of plaque from some famous dictionary peeps because now her annoying catch phrase (one of many i might add, ugh rachael ray annoys me) “EVOO” was going to be added into the dictionary.
    Again, at some point Homer Simpson’s “d’oh” got added to that same dictionary as well.

    It’s not just grammar going to hell in a handbasket, it’s our entire culture — the way we speak & how we choose to use our sparetime. We are getting dumbed down by mainstream media & technology.

    Okay, I think I’m off my soap box now.

    Comment by bookwormbethie — July 30, 2007 @ 9:15 pm

  2. As long as people can tell the difference between slang and the real thing, I think each has its place (although there will NEVER be a place for the cutesy crap that comes out of Ray Ray’s mouth). It’s a shame, though, how standards of real usage have slipped. It drove my brother crazy when our mother corrected our spoken grammar, and to this day he says stuff like “me and my friends went to the store,” which makes my skin crawl. Then again, a lot of people think I sound snooty.

    Comment by redsquirrel — July 30, 2007 @ 11:05 pm

  3. But I think that’s the point, I think the line between thang & the real thing is blurring. I heard someone in Borders yesterday say ‘WTF’ It’s getting weird now where it’s sorta getting cool to express yourself grammatically incorrect. Remember when we read that book in adult ed, dang the title slipped my mind, but it was all about language, context, & how it’s interpreted. Oh yes, wasn’t James Gee the author????

    Comment by bookwormbethie — July 31, 2007 @ 2:15 pm

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