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  • #593891

    PSPS
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    This caught my eye today, so I decided to share.

    From 4th S & Walker:

    KFC Fail

    #688528

    Semele
    Participant

    that’s been up there a couple of weeks at least. Every time I drive by it I mean to call them and talk to the manager. But by the time I get home I am already thinking about more important things. It’s very sad though.

    #688529

    SarahScoot
    Participant

    Possibly more sad is the fact that I’d wager half the people who see this see nothing wrong with it. Just read through some of these forum posts, or comments on main page stories, to see some egregious spelling and grammatical errors. In just one comment thread, one person used “weary” when “wary” was the needed word, and another chose to describe a coyote as a “viscous” predator (I assume he meant “vicious,” unless maybe the coyote was slow as molasses.)

    Those were the funniest errors in the thread, but were certainly not the only ones.

    One of my coworkers always types “conformation” instead of “confirmation.”

    #688530

    datamuse
    Participant

    “per say” is the one that always gets me; it should be “per se”.

    And “here, here” which should be “hear, hear”.

    #688531

    SarahScoot
    Participant

    Well, datamuse, for all intensive purposes, aren’t they one in the same?

    ;-)

    #688532

    HelperMonkey
    Participant

    IRREGARDLESS, Sarah Scoot….

    #688533

    celeste17
    Participant

    I am a pretty good speller but I have problems as to punctuation. I am unsure of when you need a comma or a semi colon. But the one grammar error that gets me is who and whom. I was reading a book the other day and the author used who and I feel it should be whom.

    #688534

    tanyar23
    Participant

    I love it when I use site for sight or vice versa.

    #688535

    Robindianne
    Participant

    And, when you need something, ask John or myself to help. Hee hee. That is such a mute point if you leave it on it’s own.

    #688536

    KatherineL
    Participant

    Real spelling errors and the misuse of homonyms annoys me as much as anyone. But let’s make allowances for errors that are probably simple typos. That’s something else again. That “viscous coyote,” for example, probably started out right, but the key stuck or was missed. It’s funny, but not necessarily ignorant.

    #688537

    Bonnie
    Participant

    I had a friend once who would send me an email and say ‘Let’s meat for coffee.’

    Ummm…okay… LOL!

    #688538

    Lindsey
    Participant

    Here’s a funny cartoon on how to use a semi colon. Pass it on!

    http://theoatmeal.com/comics/semicolon

    I can’t stand it when people say, “I could care less.” It’s “I couldn’t care less.” I’m also driven to insanity by the phrase, “the same difference” when used to compare two things.

    #688539

    SarahScoot
    Participant

    KatherineL, I agree that typos happen (though I’m a perfectionist and try to correct them as they happen or edit after posting), but I think the “viscous” error was a true misspelling. There is no “S” in “vicious” when spelled correctly.

    Another misspelling that doesn’t even make sense: “defiantly” in place of “definitely.” That one does make for some humorous reading, at least, i.e. “I defiantly want to go back to that restaurant!”

    #688540

    bertha
    Participant

    Saw this on Twitter and I laughed for the rest of the day.

    RT @thisisbree: ‘Let’s eat Grandma!’ or, ‘Let’s eat, Grandma!’ Punctuation saves lives.

    #688541

    SarahScoot
    Participant

    Lindsey, have you ever discussed the phrase “I could/couldn’t care less” with someone who misuses it? I have, and have made some see the error of their ways, but I also had a friend debate the subject with me. She said “I could care less” is correct, and that it means one just doesn’t care at all, so he could care less.

    I was so dumbfounded by this (lack of) logic. I refuted with the explanation that the correct phrase is “I couldn’t care less” because one cares so little that it is impossible to care less. She was still convinced her version was correct.

    Side note: I seem to hear “I could care less” used more frequently on scripted television shows than “I couldn’t care less,” which is very discouraging. It’s gotten to the point that I get excited when I hear the correct phrase used. *Blush*

    #688542

    SarahScoot
    Participant

    Wow, I must step away from the WSB forums; I can’t stop commenting on this subject!

    Bertha, yes, punctuation is so incredibly important. I see far too many questions that end in a period (“Anyone know a good tailor in West Seattle,” will get no response from me, as it’s not a question, just a nonsensical statement.)

    And yes, commas are vital. “Come on people,” is different than “Come on, people.”

    #688543

    sam-c
    Participant

    my husband freaks out when people on the radio say “enamored with” instead of “enamored of”

    found this on the subject:

    http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/enamored.html

    lol

    #688544

    WSB
    Keymaster

    Bertha – that reminds me of the excellent book “Eats, Shoots and Leaves,” which has a cover showing an armed panda bear. (Take out the comma and you’ll get the joke.)

    I am a spelling/punctuation perfectionist (though I am sure my fellow perfectionists can point to something I’ve written on this site that made them clench), but I do refrain from calling people out on it unless they truly have written something with a resultingly indiscernible meaning.

    And by the way, for better or for worse, I refuse to use spell-check. Point of pride. (I also was the rebel in math class who refused to use a calculator. Gotta keep that brain working, till the very end.)

    TR, who still has the 6th-grade spelling-bee trophy (but bombed out when things got really hard in the 7th-grade qualifications for the National Spelling Bee – those are the words you’d never ever use in real life)

    #688545

    austin
    Member

    When looking for housing on Craigslist a few years back I couldn’t help but notice that the word “quiet” is misspelled “quite” more often than it is spelled correctly. A common transposition of letters or something more sinister, I’ll never know.

    On the topic of signs, but not fail signs, I like the oft changing and clever punnish phraseologies on the West Seattle Nursery reader board.

    #688546

    Huindekmi
    Participant

    This thread is rediculous. Your all a bunch of loosers.

    #688547

    DOC
    Member

    Huindekmi:

    First, you could have used a semicolon to connect your statment as in, “This thread is rediculous; your all a bunch of loosers.

    You also used “your” when you should have used “you’re” because we are not talking possesive but a conjunction of “you” and “are”.

    Rediculous is spelled with an ‘i’ not and ‘e’.

    Loosers should have one ‘o’.

    So if we put all this knowledge together it comes out as, “YOU’RE rIdiculous and possibly a lOser for posting on this thread; (note semicolon) I hope this was a joke statement for you”.

    #688548

    JanS
    Participant

    DOC…I do believe huindekmi was just following the trend in the posts to misspell and misuse words…not being serious :)

    #688549

    nuni
    Member

    Well the sign definitely succeeded in one goal. It made you look :)

    #688550

    Lindsey
    Participant

    “Eats, Shoots, and Leaves” comes with a tear-out page of punctuation stickers. <3

    Sarah – When I hear people say “I could care less,” I always ask, “Then why don’t you?” :D

    #688551

    JoB
    Participant

    it’s yur

    yu loosers ;->

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