Saturday, October 27, 2007

Saturday Speedlinks for Carol Anne

It never ceases to amaze me what subjects people will choose for their blogs. One of my favorite sailing bloggers is Carol Anne from Five O'Clock Somewhere. She is an English teacher by profession and occasionally posts informative lessons for us on such topics as confusing verbs or parts of speech.

But can you imagine writing a blog dedicated to nothing else but reporting on examples you see of one particular common error in grammar, spelling or punctuation?

There are several such blogs.

Abuse of the word "literally"

Apostrophe abuse

Incorrect use of lower case L

Incorrectly dotted "i"s
Hmmm, are those quotation marks necessary?

"Unnecessary" quotation marks
I guess she would tell me.

OK. Now someone is bound to point out some glaring error that I have made in writing this post.


PeconicPuffin said...

I have to be reminded that "a lot" is two words.
I probably screw up the rest of those, though my computer automatically dots the i's

Carol Anne said...

Actually, at least two, and possibly three, of those websites' titles demonstrate at least one pet peeve of one of the other websites.

I wasn't going to comment, but I must point out that peconicpuffin has just demonstrated correct usage. One of the few times it is permissible to use an apostrophe for a plural is when it's a plural of a single letter or digit.

And one most certainly doesn't use quotation marks for that purpose.

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