Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Get it, Got it, Nope.

Found at Marshall's in Chattanooga, TN. 

Not even in the Clearance rack.

The Grammarian appreciates the faux vintage/distressed rusty signage look. 

But making "get's" possessive isn't even retro. It's just wrong. 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Tattoo of a Mistake (double ouch)

There are spelling mistakes.

And then there are spelling mistakes.

Deadspin's Sarah Kogod recently observed that Kevin Durant of the OKC Thunder was flaunting his new ink--but a pair of scrutineyes found that the handiwork was a bit flawed.

The initial photo, containing the misspelling.  Courtesy of sniperjones35 (Instagram).

The puckering of the skin was bad enough. Plus, imagine not being able to inspect one's back art save for someone else snapping an image of you. Compounding all this is the erroneous spelling of the word "mature" toward the bottom of the verse from James 1.

Evidently Durant was able to quickly remedy the spelling.

In news that is in a completely different bucket full o' better, Durant also reportedly donated $1M to the Red Cross in response to the massive destruction of recent tornadoes.

For this latter reason alone, Grammartime holds Kevin Durant in highest esteem.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Slang fills the void, yo!

The dilemma: English lacks a gender-neutral singular pronoun.

Baking powder?

Yes, that's right. If you want to say that *someone* did something and you aren't sure if that person was male or female, what do you say? 

He? So it was definitely a male?

He or she? Awkward?

They? So it was more than one person?

A recent post on Grammar Girl shares the story of how young people in Baltimore resolved this dilemma by inventing a new word. Without really inventing a new word. Just reappropriating it.

The Grammarian finds this delightful, fascinating, slightly problematic, and on the whole, totally worthy of our attention. 

The Grammarian, who shall remain gender neutral for the present moment, enjoys a good teenage 2.0 solution for lingo trubbies.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013


A friend of The Grammarian's posted this to Twitter, excoriating Ulta,
"C'mon Ulta. You're better than this!"

And it's true. Signage at estimable retailers like Ulta should be better than letting this erroneous spelling/punctuation happen in the name of Tarte eye shadow sales.

Yet this sloppy spelling happens all the time. Many a gracious invitation The Grammarian has received headlined with "YOUR INVITED!" My invited what? My invited booty should come to your soiree?

To review:

YOUR = possessive. Your true colors shine through with that Tarte eyeshadow.

YOU'RE = contraction of You + Are. You're simply dazzling in Tarte eye shadow. 

Yours truly,
The Grammarian

P.S. You are all fabulous in your own grammartastic ways! 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Review of Grammarly: Grammar Checking Tool

The Grammarian can be downright haughty about self-editing. Surely one's own grammar gaffes and punctuation blunders will stand out to one's own naked eyes, no?

 Of course we know this is a patent falsehood. Sometimes Most times, authors are altogether too close to their own work and need a fresh pair. Of editing scrutineyes, natch.

 Enter: Grammarly. The online tool purports to empower the writer to "Instantly find and correct over 250 types of grammatical mistakes." Who knew mistakes could be so numerous in type? The Grammarian was skeptical so she ran a favorite blog post of hers through. It is great fun to "watch" as Grammarly does its work, as it generates its proof-positive, Yes, Virginia, there is a whole host of grammar mistakes in your writing report.

As the tool scans the work, it reports on exactly the kinds of erroneous behavior it monitors. Like the misuse of the word "such." Or faulty parallels. Just look at what Grammarly turned up in a short little blog post. The horror!

 If one wants to get a free 7 Day trial to see exactly what those prescriptive errors are, one needs only sign up. But then what? You can sign up for monthly plans from around $12 - $30. Also note that Google Chrome, preferred browser of the Grammarian, in addition to other browsers used by the proletariat offer an embedded Grammarly tool. For free! 

What say YOU all. What have been your experiences, dear readers, in being more Grammarly?

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

More Green, Fewer Napkins

The Grammarian is pro Menchie's.

The Grammarian is pro environmental practices.

The Grammarian is pro Menchie's using the expression "fewer napkins" so as to be both environmentally sound AND grammatically correct.

Win Win! 


Monday, February 25, 2013

Signage. Sighnage.

A permanent sign posted at a playground local to the Grammarian. Since 1992.

Type once. Spellcheck twice.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Your versus You're: Get it right or pay the price

Hey Girl,

Ryan Gosling's got a problem with ignorance and he's not afraid to do something about it.


(image as seen on Pinterest)

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Punctuation: Feeling You're Nuts and...

Funny Somewhat Topical Ecard: Grammar. The difference between feeling your nuts and feeling you're nuts.

Call it grammar, call it punctuation, call it important when conveying certain, um, sentiments.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

12 Items or...?

10 items or fewer. Because you can count items. Yeah! Fewer items from the Dollar Spot fell into my cart!

Tarjay is not the singular culprit in this crime of the countables. Many a purveyor of goods have posted this sign in error above EXPRESS lanes. The Grammarian just happened to notice the friendly brand of the red bullseye had followed the crowd.

And the crowd, as the Grammarian notes, is not always right.

Here's how to know whether to use fewer or less:

Fewer should be used when one wants to describe a countable item. Fewer marbles. Fewer jet planes. Fewer everlasting gobstoppers.

The total countables = quantity.

Less should be used when one wants to describe a non-countable item. Something that would be difficult to measure by a standard metric. Less hope. Less courage. Less foaming at the mouth.

**The easy way to remember this is that many words that are non-countables are paired with the suffix "-less." Hopeless. Fearless. Restless.**

Thursday, January 31, 2013

We love Friday's what?

Dear Johnnie,
Which possession of Friday do you love? Friday's lunches? Friday's teenie-bopper songs? Friday's Restaurant, as in the estimable T.G.I. Friday's with the red and white striped awnings?

The Grammarian is a fan of Fridays in any time zone.


  1. Johnnie Boden
    1hJohnnie Boden ‏@BodenUSA
    We love Friday's. We know it's still Thursday but it's 5pm in London so it basically IS Friday. 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Wal-Mart: Dropping Prices and Dropping Plurals

When I shop at Wally World, I notice things. And sometimes I take pictures of them. And sometimes I make an example of them. But it's not what you think. People of Wal-Mart, shove over. It's time for Punctuation of Wal-Mart.