Category Archives: Grammar Errors

New Mexico Errors

Here are two of the pictures that I took in Las Cruces, New Mexico:

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The company is called Bilt-Wel.  Yeah, it’s a proper name…but you know it irks you!

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The only time the words “old fashion” should be used is when referring to pantaloons, shoulder pads or other outdated items of couture.

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Back in Massachusetts!

I’m back from New Mexico!  Here are a few things that I learned on my trip:

  • White Sands National Monument is unbelievable.  If you visit the state, you must visit this place!  It’s sand — technically, gypsum — but it looks like snow!  Check it out:
  • I noticed that most of the rural landscape looks just like the scenery in No Country for Old Men.  A few days later, I found out that the movie was filmed primarily in New Mexico!
  • If you are a RENT fan, or even if you’re only slightly familiar with the show, you will have the song “Santa Fe” stuck in your head for the duration of your visit.  (It didn’t help that we also stayed at a Holiday Inn, or that it began to snow on our last day…)

I’m glad to return to the blog.  Thanks for your nice emails during my time away!

I also made sure to catch the latest debate.

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Yikes.

Bravo asks Project Runway fans:

From tonight’s episode of Project Runway

What do you think of Rami’s draping addiction?

A) Enough draping already!

B) Keep draping Rami!

Option A won with 72% of the vote.

I would like to see Rami covered with draping, though.

Can you spot the error?

This was one of my favorite Super Bowl commercials this year.  The song will always remind me of the Brood and drama club cast parties, everyone head-bopping in unison.  🙂

But can you spot the error?  It’s brief, but there.

Sex Offender Free on Grammar Error

The man accused of killing a Georgia hiker is also the focus of an investigation in Florida that is probing the disappearance and death of a nurse.

Flaws in a federal sex-offender registration law left a criminal free in Kansas City, Mo.

The faulty law allowed seven-time convicted sex offender Terry L. Rich to be released from custody last month by Senior U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs when Rich’s lawyer brought attention to the defect, The Kansas City Star reported Wednesday.

Whether or not there was a legislative blunder, the wording should be enforced as written, until it is changed by Congress, Sachs said.

Rich, 59, reportedly has yet to be listed in the sex offender registration system required by state law.

Rich’s attorney reportedly argued the law excluded his client because Rich traveled between states in the past and the law only pertained to a sex offender who travels in the present tense.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Dan Nelson asked Sachs to understand that Congress meant for the law to include all sex offenders, the Star reported.

I do NOT consider this a victory for my cause.

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Thanks, Ryan.

Christina’s Mishap

Christina Aguilera and her husband, music executive Jordan Bratman, welcomed a baby boy late last night and named him Max Liron Bratman.

In a move markedly different from how she revealed her pregnancy, they announced it merely hours after the birth.

After her rep announced it to the major magazines, Christina made an announcement herself on her official Web site.

The message:

“Dear fans,

“Today is a very joyful and special day for Jordan and I as we welcome our first son into this world.”

I stopped reading right there.

One of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to grammar is when people say “and I” instead of “and me,” thinking it makes them sound smarter or more correct. In fact, plenty of people shun “and me” altogether.

Not a smart move.

The easiest way to avoid that is to drop all extraneous words from the sentence to see if it makes sense. For example, Christina could have said, “Today is a very joyful and special day for I,” and realized that “and me” would have been the better choice.

That being said, I’m glad Christina has a healthy baby, and I hope he got his mom’s voice and his dad’s fashion sense.