Now WITH AUDIO.

Written By: admin - Jul• 15•14

Ladies and gentlemen of the Red Pen Brigade: We now have a theme song.

If you can’t see it yet because you live somewhere exotic, try going here and scrolling down to “Word Crimes.”

http://www.weirdal.com/home.htm

You’re welcome.

Technically correct.

Written By: admin - Jun• 25•14

Kacia sent this one. I know it’s wrong, of course, but: I’ve *had* new olives, and they’re gross. You want an olive that’s aged a little and has spent some time in some brine. So perhaps the author here was just acknowledging the fact that olives newly-arrived to a store for sale are, in fact, months old?

olives

Confession

Written By: admin - Jun• 23•14

Jake found this one, and definitely didn’t record it with a camera or a recording device. (Bonus: nice glitter polish!)

ticket

Pretty curvy lines

Written By: admin - Jun• 20•14

Kacia ponders,

I honestly have no idea what purpose these quotes are supposed to serve. If they were there for emphasis (as incorrect as that is), they should be around the word ‘no’. ┬áIs pseudo-trash the disallowed commodity? Who knows!

trash

Maybe the author is a hard-core environmentalist who believes that most of the material we consider refuse could actually be repurposed or otherwise have value, but acknowledges that it cannot, in fact, be recycled by this community’s recycling facilities?

The state of the fourth estate

Written By: admin - Jun• 18•14

Reporter #1 loves her Wegmans. She says:

Wegmans is #1! Wegmans is #1! Except maybe not? Make your headlines match your graphics, NBC! (If you watch the clip/pay attention to the list, TJ’s is the only truly national chain on the list, which I suspect is why they got the headline, but, dammit, WEGMANS IS #1!)

<takes step away from Reporter #1>

mismatch

Actually, I suspect that NBC would probably stand by this one, in that “tops” is one of those useful headline-verbs that doesn’t have to mean “the very tippy-top.” It’s imprecise, of course, but if they’d said “Wegmans and Trader Joe’s top the list,” that would be correct, and expands the definition of “top” somewhat.

That said: Wegmans needs to send Reporter #1 a cookie or something.

No.

Written By: admin - Jun• 16•14

Jake says,

I guess a company with such a liberal application of the letter “x” has to be given some leeway.

ladies

But Jake is wrong. Some errors you just can’t forgive. Or unsee. You’re on my list, T.J. Maxx.

Alas.

Written By: admin - Jun• 13•14

I *hope* this is a typo, and not somebody thinking it’s correct. “R” is right next to “t” on our QWERTY keyboards, after all. But… it could really go either way.

Thanks to GrammarTroika Sister #3 and her intrepid photographer, GTS#4!

warter

I’d post this one anyway!

Written By: admin - Jun• 11•14

…even if they’d correctly used an apostrophe! Just because it’s awesome! Thanks, Lisa R.

plants

TMI.

Written By: admin - Jun• 09•14

Where to start? The spelling? The punctuation? The bizarre nationalism?

Thanks, GrammarTroika Sister #2!

sex

It’s all about intent.

Written By: admin - Jun• 06•14

This is one of the ones with which I wouldn’t be able to help myself. The door would be propped open. I’d leave an apologetic, explanatory note, of course. Thanks, Kacia!

prop