Sunday, May 06, 2007


T-shirt I saw in an ad for a local Christian book store:

"Top 3 Reasons Why MOTHER'S are Great"

I really don't like to be the type of person who obsesses over this stuff. But seriously, does no one know how to use an apostrophe anymore?

And yes, I did email the company.

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  • At Sun May 06, 02:07:00 PM, Blogger Amy Boone said…

    OK, haven't left a comment on your blog as of yet, but this one hit too close to home. I don't think I know you, though I suspect we were at ACU at the same general time, but have enjoyed your comments on Mike's blog for a while and read yours from time to time. Our neighbors call Grant and me the spelling and grammar Nazis. I honestly don't think that's a compliment, but I'll take what I can get! I'm really not a spelling and grammar Nazi (Grant really is... see his column called Grant Me This at, but I truly cannont tolerate grave spelling and grammar errors plastered up for the world to see. My BIGGEST annoyance with this is church signs and other business signs. Two signs in Abilene RIGHT NOW that are about to send me over the edge--

    To Be Little
    Is To Belittle

    My thoughts... OK, so my little five year old belittles others simply because she is LITTLE?!?!?! Arghhhh!

    The other is a church sign that spelled the word "about" like this "abouth". Now, I know some words are hard, but "thatz ubowt thuh moste gufiest Id sean inn a wile!!!!!"

    Let me just affirm your decision to call the company. I've called companies... and churches!!!! As in the shirt you referenced and church signs, I have wondered who they're trying to reach and what message are they trying to send? I want to tell them that I'm on the same team as they are, but I can't think of anyone I know who would be enticed to come in when they don't even care enough to find a PROOF READER!!!!!

    Disclaimer... feel free to go back through this post and find an error... I do make them, but I don't put them on a marquee!!!!

    Now I'm getting that awkward feeling that I actually cared enough about THIS post to write something.... oh, well... :)

  • At Sun May 06, 02:35:00 PM, Blogger Karen said…

    Yay for you. I get pretty ticked at mistakes like that as well. 2 recent gaffes I've noticed, both on t-shirts as well:

    One shirt in the junior department at Christmastime read "Santa's disapointed in me." Yeah, 1 p.

    Then someone gave my 8yo a Happy Bunny shirt that says "It's not my fault your icky." UGH. I know adults must work for these companies. What is so difficult about your/you're?

  • At Sun May 06, 04:12:00 PM, Blogger Kelly said…

    I agree with you 100%! The other day a certain husband of mine wrote a blog posting that said "grant it" instead of "granted." I called him in the middle of the day and demanded that he fix it right away! :)

  • At Sun May 06, 05:13:00 PM, Blogger Sarah P said…

    Ok, we're dorks. I think it's official.
    I sat in church today and missed out on part of worship because I was staring at our church bulletin thinking..."Are we serious that there are this many incorrect usages of apostrophes?!!"

    Of course, I am the one that got written up by our copy editor as "stylistically clumsy" for incorrect attribution something or other...

  • At Sun May 06, 06:05:00 PM, Blogger Jacinda said…

    Oh, I soooooo agree with you! "It's" is the one that bugs me the most! Does no one know that "it's" means "it is?" People are always putting an apostrophe when it's used as a possessive in which case it doesn't need an apostrophe. Drives me crazy!!!!!!

  • At Sun May 06, 06:08:00 PM, Blogger Jacinda said…

    I agree with Karen: you're and your are two more that bug me!

  • At Sun May 06, 07:01:00 PM, Blogger Amy Boone said…

    I did go back through my comment and it did have an error... just a typing error, though! Humility... maybe something I should look into!

    Amy Boone

  • At Sun May 06, 07:47:00 PM, Blogger Mary Lou said…

    I'm teaching my 3rd graders at school how to use an apostrophe. Believe me, they are doing just fine until the skill is introduced. After that, every S will have an apostrophe in front of it. I preach every day that not all S's need an apostrophe in front of it. We teach contractions and possessive use of the apostrophe.

    Another commenter mentioned misspelling on a sign...I saw one on a Walgreens sign today advertising 2 liter "Coka Cola". Yep, the all American soft drink with signs all over the place not to meniton 2 liter bottles in their own store and they spell it wrong. Go figure.

  • At Sun May 06, 08:59:00 PM, Blogger Beverly said…

    hey..amy mispelled cannot...hahhaha

  • At Mon May 07, 05:40:00 AM, Blogger WinSpin said…

    Neat stuff ...

    A few years ago at a State Fair, I saw a booth advertising,
    "Bussiness Signs." Yep ... they nearly made an "as" out of themselves.

    And our church bulletin was listing goals for the approaching new year. One of them was, " ... we want to be sure and improve our 'pubic' image to the community."

    Also one of our church's teenagers needed financial assistance to go on a mission trip in the Philippine Islands so the bulletin stated that, "... we want to send Michael McLeod to the Philippians."

    Don't you know that God loves watching his children play ... even when they do everything right?

  • At Mon May 07, 12:33:00 PM, Blogger Lauren said…

    I find it funny that there are so many of us that read your blog that get so irritated about this same thing! No, I think most people do NOT know how to use apostrophes. It certainly seems that way when I look at peoples' writings and signs, etc. It's so aggravating! I make mistakes sometimes, too, but seriously, if you're going to put it out there for everyone to see, you should at least have someone else double check it first!

    I work at a flower shop part-time, and there have been several instances where I have found mistakes on the enclosure cards that we type into the computer that my co-workers have made. I feel bad about telling them they made a grammatical or spelling error, but we really can't send stuff like that out to our customers. So maybe they get irritated with me, but oh well. At least the recipient will be able to read their card!

  • At Mon May 07, 03:11:00 PM, Blogger Susan - said…

    I am with you on that one. I found a mistake on my son's homework worksheets. Not his mistake, but the printer's. Arrrgh!

  • At Wed May 09, 10:26:00 AM, Blogger Tiffany said…

    I offer my students extra credit to whip out their handy little cellphone cameras and take a snapshot of incorrect grammar that they see around town. I am horribly depressed by the number of pictures that are taken right on the university's campus.

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