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[April 11, 2007 @ 9:00pm]

[ mood | confused ]

So, after a wonderful season coaching my third and fourth grade girls in basketball, the supervisor, who is a reasonably amiable chap normally, sent to all of us coaches this card, which, as a sentiment, is rather sweet. However, given the text inside the card... -shudders- perhaps a thank you call or something would have been better. What I want to know is how he, a man with all the degrees of which he boasts, can possibly write a card such as this.

Before I continue, imagine a very script-y font, suited perhaps for an invitation to an afternoon tea or a banquet or something, all in bloody caps (caps that I cannot bring myself to replicate here, so, like I said, imagine).

Youth basketball coach's

Thank you for your hard work and dedication this past basketball season. Youth sports is a coloberation between the TVRPD, volunteer coach's, referees, parents, and the athletes all working together to create a fun and compettitive program.

Thank you again for your support.


[insert his name here]

[December 13, 2006 @ 6:23pm]

I hate junk mail. It's annoying, it's a complete waste of paper, and it's something I never open. Apparently it's also grammatically incorrect:


[November 22, 2006 @ 12:27am]

[ mood | sticklerish ]

I was just exploring LJ stuff tonight, and I know, typically, incorrect punctuation and such is ranted about here; but I decided that Squeeishly Fangirling a sentence is pretty much the same as Waxing Stickler about incorrect usage. Hence, this sentence I found in a comment on an entry (following previous text and set off by a hyphen):

" - it's great to see it's making its rounds!"

All those correctly placed apostrophes made my entire night.

Apparently, the SAT has an apostrophe dysfunction. [November 06, 2006 @ 6:12pm]

Er. Yes. Was taking a practice test for the SATs, and came across one of those correct-the-error sentences containing the words 'in the 1950's'.

"Yuck," I thought, and rather promptly marked said bit as an error.

I think you can guess what the outcome of this was. Suffice it to say that I lost ten points which I should not have.


[October 02, 2006 @ 1:13pm]

[ mood | cold ]

It is, perhaps, appropriate that the first entry in this journal concerns the (arguably) most publicly prevalent form of Punctuation Abuse: misuse of an apostrophe.

This comes as no surprise, I am sure, but what is most shocking in this particular case is the culprit!  I have a tendency (a very justified one, I daresay), to dislike the media's treatment of grammar, and do in fact blame them for the movement to supress the Oxford Comma.  But cynic though I am, I was yet truly horrified to open up my daily e-mail from The New York Times, begin skimming, and come across the headline, "New CD's".  And as visual proof, I offer the following:

They place the apostrophe so correctly and beautifully in the section title (assuming, of course, that there is more than one critic);  one would think that they would be able to manage accuracy one line below!  [And I'm so horrified by this, I can't even begin to think about their neglect of the Oxford Comma. ]


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