Monday, August 11, 2008

Here's a Tip: Learn Some Grammar!

My friend Tiffers sent me a photo of a sign that is so atrocious that I don't know where to begin.

Tiff found this sign near the tip jar at the Candy Castle in Lexington, MA. It lists the colleges that the student employees attend or will be attending in the fall. But with all the errors in the sign, it's a wonder these kids graduated from high school let alone got admitted to top colleges! The horrors of this sign include:
- Missing apostrophes (Columbias sister school)
- Homonym errors (Boston your my home)
- Spelling mistakes (Conneticut College)

Tiff found the your/you're error the most disturbing because she went to Boston College. Looking beyond all the grammatical errors for a moment, however, I think I am most offended by the fact that the sign writer wrote "Hurricanes and mardi gras! Yee haw!" about Tulane. That's wrong on so many levels.

Tiffers is one of the best punctuation vigilantes on the Apostrophe Catastrophes team. Check out her other contributions here.



I do hope each of these kids takes English 101 (at the very least) at these colleges...looks like they're in desperate need of some writing skills!

Jane Sutton said...

I pay such high property taxes for graduates like this? I'm tempted to pull a Wesley Snipes!

Becky said...

I know. It's pretty pathetic. When I was their age...

Anonymous said...

Yes, this is typical for today's young people and society in general. We're now living in a post-literate world. And if you didn't learn it in the first grade, you never learned it at all.