Road Scholar Copy Edits AmericaA new addition to my list of heroes? OK, maybe not. But I would totally hang out with this guy. And by "hang out," I mean "act like dorks."
Here's an important comment to keep in mind while you are reading:
"We try not to be jerks about it," he said. "We want to help them out. It's not about making anybody feel bad or making somebody look stupid or something. It's just really about going after the errors themselves."
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|Carlos44ec - "Always remember that you are unique. Just like everybody else."|
|Get a job, hippie!|
|Jeremy - 9040 Posts|
I don't know what it is with the apostrophe usage. Somehow we've decided a's a nation that any word that end's with an "s" should have an apostrophe.
He's totally right on the "monkey see monkey do" aspect of written language, and it's not just stupid/ignorant people saying to themselve's "I don't know what to do so I'll just copy that sign." It happen's to all of us behind the scene's. We have a client that consistently use's the wrong their/there/they're and after exchanging email's with them enough and working on there sight long enough I found myself using the wrong one all the time.
|Jeremy messed with this at 04/09/2008 9:34:04 am|
|Carlos44ec - 2079 Posts|
|You're poast ha's piss-ed meh of.|
|PackOne - 1528 Posts|
That is one of the best finds in a long time. I like that guy.
I don't care who you are, if you haven't made the your/you're mistake ... you're lying.
EDIT: To extend this to punctuation, what is correct?
He wanted to be considered "in".
He wanted to be considered "in."
|PackOne messed with this at 04/09/2008 6:31:11 pm|
|Jeremy - 9040 Posts|
It depends on where you live. To me the top one makes more sense, in America, I think, the bottom one is the "right one." (The British do the punctuation outside.)
I did the you're/your thing this morning, I'm sure everyone does it, it's not noticing it that's the problem. In this case, not noticing it on a sign that's going to represent your company forever.
|Jeremy screwed with this at 04/09/2008 6:35:35 pm|
|PackOne - Non-Creator|
I am starting to think that the proper way is ...
He wanted to be considered 'in'.
I think you are not supposed to use them for in-text humor.