Don't get me wrong, I'm not some sort of a grammar Nazi or something. I make plenty of mistakes myself - there are probably some in this very post. And I certainly don't think that people should be held to some level of perfection, especially in their day to day communications on social media or whatnot.
But lately I keep running into grammar fails that fundamentally alter the meaning of what is being said -- or should that be "which fundamentally alter the meaning of what is being said?" See what I mean about perfection?
At any rate, the misplaced modifier seems to be a biggie. Here's a headline I stumbled upon today:
Man Shot with Fake Bomb at Baltimore TV StationHmm... that's interesting. How exactly does one use a fake bomb to shoot someone? I assume what they meant to say was "Man with Fake Bomb Shot at Baltimore TV Station" but that isn't actually what they did say.
Then there's a commercial for a local furniture store, where some young woman proudly talks about her job as a buyer, and how gratifying it is to help people find products "in which they can find value in." Seriously? They paid to put that on the air? Perhaps it was approved by the department of redundancy department.
Then there are the missing or misplaced commas, periods, or other bits or punctuation.
|Watch out for those slippery pedestrians!|
|Gosh, pedestrians really seem to be getting the brunt of the missing punctuation fails!|
|I've never actually met a disabled elderly pregnant child, but if I do, at least there's a toilet they can use.|
I'm not quite sure how to categorize the next few, but I'm pretty sure the authors didn't exactly convey what they intended to.
|How long do you suppose it takes to consume an entire African?|
|My father always said that religion would kill you , but I didn't think they were so up front about it!|
And, lest we forget, there are the hilarious spelling mistakes.
|Apparently that's how the store makes its money back?|
|Where bored executives go?|
|This is a tough call, but since I'm not quite sure what 'libety" is, I'm gonna go with tranny on this one.|
|They must be quite pleased with their exams|
|OMG... just O.M.G.|
|I hope it didn't hurt too much...|
|You are correct, it's not spelled "socilism"|
|Well, at least people won't be touching them!|
I suppose I could go into some long rant about education, or the evolution of language usage or some other worldly topic, but it's late and I'm tired, so I think I'll just leave it at this:
So tell me, what grammar fails have you encountered recently? And am I the only person who yells at the television when someone says they've "grown wary" of something?