One of the disadvantages of
is that I now have a much higher sensitivity and much lower tolerance for grammatical errors. It’s like after you quit smoking, and you realize that all of your friends smell bad. Or when you’re on a diet, and you realize that everyone around you is fat. Or (to end on a positive note) when you’re newly engaged, and suddenly the world around you is a sea of diamond rings.
The world around me is a sea of grammatical errors.
At the YMCA, this sign sits above the water fountain:
REMEMBER NO SPITTING!!!!!
IN THE FOUNTAIN, THANK’S!!!!!
On the way home from work, there is a handmade sign on the side of the road:
At our day care center, one room has this sign in the window:
THE TODDLER’S ARE OUTSIDE
The Apostrophe Protection Society is nice, but it’s so… British. What it needs is a militant wing. Like those culture jammers that go around defacing iPod posters. OK, “culture jammers” probably overstates it.
The apostrophe is the modern day Shibboleth.