Adjectives, Adverbs, Grammar

Drive Safe (ly)

I was leaving the Ralph Schomp Honda dealership and came across this error. It's rather simple, really. The sign that says "PLEASE DRIVE SAFE" assaulted my grammatical senses because of an adjective/adverb mishap. Safe is technically explaining how people should be driving, and, if you remember my lesson about determining whether you have an adverb… Continue reading Drive Safe (ly)

Adjectives, Count vs. Non-Count, Grammar, Less vs. Fewer, Nouns, Poor Editing

Can You Fanta? A Lesson on Less vs. Fewer

Yay! I have the opportunity to discuss count vs. non-count nouns and the rules that accompany them. Consider today your lucky day. This mistake was on one of those new fancy pop machines in Noodles & Company. Pay special attention to the white bubble on the far right that advertises "15 calories or less." It… Continue reading Can You Fanta? A Lesson on Less vs. Fewer

Appositives, Commas, Grammar, Punctuation

Appositive Message about Commas

I was waiting patiently in line to turn in my papers for a passport when I spotted this error. At first, I thought, "Aww, how nice! The Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder is welcoming its newest member, Nancy A. Doty!" At least that's how this would be interpreted if someone with a particularly astute eye… Continue reading Appositive Message about Commas

Apostrophes, Grammar, Punctuation

Apostrophe Catastrophe

This picture frame was perching in a Hallmark store, waiting for a naive victim to purchase it as a token of friendship. Little would that girlfriend know she would be paying $15.99 to perpetuate a terrible crime: accepting and supporting an incorrectly placed apostrophe. The problem: The picture frame says "Girl's Night." Now, unless I'm… Continue reading Apostrophe Catastrophe