Monday, May 26, 2014

"Say What?" Part 13: English, You're Doing It Wrong

(Brought to my attention by the lovely Eve Jacob via Twitter. This, folks...this is what I've been fighting against with this entire series. Click on the picture for the full article from Buzzfeed.)

*, and you're welcome.

Monday, May 12, 2014

"Say What?" Part 12: If There's An "S," You Better Apostrophe The Hell Outta That

(Seen literally everywhere, from internet posts, flyers and advertisements, published books(!!!), to signs for businesses. I mean, really, you'd think the sign-makers, ad-writers, and AUTHORS would have spellchecked their shit first. Apparently not.)


Monday, May 5, 2014

"Say What?" Part 11: Contractions, Part 2: Unfortunately, The Abuse Continues

(If you missed the first bit about contractions and the use of the word "of," click here to see it. This is a follow-up to that post, as I've just read a book that proves some people still aren't paying any damn attention.)

Ok, so I just got done reading a book. It was a very good story, overall. However, I had a mild a seizure every time I saw what I'm about to share with you. The book was littered with this, and so I felt some continuing education on the use of contractions utilizing the word "have" was in order.

(Note: This not an example taken directly from the book. I do my best not to reveal the names or other identifying details of people who commit these word abuses, because I'm not out to publicly shame anyone.)

"He had to of taken the other path."

NO.  NO.  NO.  And NO some more.

If you're going to get all vernacular with the word "have," you still need to follow the rules. People--especially AUTHORS, for crying out loud--you really need to listen to me. Don't engage in this word abuse. "Of" does not mean "have," and it never will. THINK about what you're typing before you type it. Or, for the love of all that's holy, GET AN EDITOR. A real editor, not your bff.

*He had to've taken the other path (or, if that looks too funny for you, just separate the damn words out--had to have), and you're welcome.

"Say What?" Addendum: This May Become The Series Logo

"Say What?" Part 10: I Can't Even

(Seen as I was surfing le net. Caused my brain to explode. Decided there was no need for extensive commentary, it pretty much speaks for itself.)

*What, of, little, LACTOSE INTOLERANT, and, where, and you're welcome.