Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Punctuation for Dummies

Peter wrote to me that he was concerned about an apostrophe catastrophe committed by John Wiley & Sons, publisher of the For Dummies series. Their web site appears to be catastrophe-free, but they apparently sent out a badly punctuated promotional blurb to a bunch of conferences. Peter found the same error on seven different conference web sites. Here's one example:

The second sentence begins, "Among it's many imprints." Don't they employ copy editors?

Check out Peter's books blog here. Thanks, Peter!


Michelle said...

I just found your blog, and I'm so happy to see someone else as horrified as I am by bad or missing punctuation! Have you explored the less/fewer catastrophe (especially prevalent at the grocery store)?

Becky said...

Michelle, I'm glad that you like my blog! I do get annoyed by the less/fewer error. Fancier supermarkets (e.g., Whole Foods) seem to get it right most of the time.

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