8/14/2010

The week's tweets: Chew on this juicy error

Apparently this gum will ruin one's teeth AND one's grammar. Whose mistake spoiled the mobile ad featured in this Mr. Rewrite TwitPic?

All right, folks: Here's another reminder that pronouns, at least pronouns that most people use, don't take apostrophes in their possessive forms. The exception, which Mr. Rewrite uses above to sound stuffy, is one's. Here's a fine explanation from Paul Brians' Common Errors in English Usage.

For there record, whose is the possessive of who. Who's is the contraction of who and is.

Here are whose/who's errors on Google News. Who's going to pay for these? All of us:
So who's up for more from the week in tweets?

It sure was a bad week for schools...
  • A paint crew botched spellings ("Drap" off your kids?) all over an Oregon school (http://bit.ly/cO6Js3).
  • A North Carolina road crew created an international sensation by painting SHCOOL on a road. (http://bit.ly/cL2ZrV).
  • The University of Alabama committed unsportsmanlike conduct by misspelling Mississippi as Mississipi on football tickets (http://bit.ly/axDkYD).
  • A Florida school board candidate was red-faced over a misspelling on campaign signs (http://bit.ly/czsfBP).
  • And an Australian state hoping to lure international students takes grief for a website riddled with spelling and factual errors (http://bit.ly/crbetY).
Mr. Rewrite usually doesn't make fun of innocent typos, but this one is too good not to pass along, courtesy of @ljthornton (http://twitpic.com/2e1ujy). Note: The content is PG-13.

Talk about lost in translation: A company's attempt to use the local language in a former Soviet republic backfires when a grammar error offers shoppers "boiled kids." The actual product: boiled sausage for kids (http://bit.ly/bg9tHY).

A couple of AP style discoveries this week:
  • It's OK'd, not OKed. Mr. Rewrite swears it was the latter when he was in college.
  • It's co-pilot, not copilot.
Having seen and loved The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (on Broadway – and twice, nyah), Mr. Rewrite found it deliciously ironic that a real Putnam County had to send back fair signs misspelling the county's name (http://bit.ly/b8atdV).

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