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Taking instructions way too literally

Taking instructions way too literallyAugust 3, 2012 Just funny

We’ve had some fun with cake wrecks before, and it looks like it’s that time again. My son Levi’s 6th birthday is this weekend, so I couldn’t resist sharing this gem, via www.dailywritingtips.com. I am all in favor of following instructions, but really? Sheri with an eye?! The glass-is-half-full me finds it touching that the cake decorator [...]

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Romney releases iPhone app, Amercia delights in high-profile typo

Romney releases iPhone app, Amercia delights in high-profile typoJune 13, 2012 Just funny

If you’ve ever been mortified by submitting a document with a big ole typo (and who among us hasn’t?), you may take comfort in the recent kerfuffle over Mitt Romney’s iphone app snafu.  (Yes, I think the incident can fairly be characterized as a kerfuffle over a snafu.) As you may be aware, the Romney [...]

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St. Patrick would be proud

St. Patrick would be proudMarch 18, 2011 Oops

  And here I thought the Brits had better command of English than we do. (image from weirdosinmyway)

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Apostrophe Catastrophes: How they began, why they continue.

Apostrophe Catastrophes: How they began, why they continue.March 6, 2011 Oops

To close Apostrophe Appreciation Week, I’ve uncovered the ground zero (or patient #1, if you prefer) of apostrophe catastrophes. This explains a lot!  Image from www.oxbridgeediting.co.uk/blog

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Enjoy your V.D. indeed! Apart from the infelicitous abbreviation, what’s with dropping the

Enjoy your V.D. indeed! Apart from the infelicitous abbreviation, what’s with dropping theFebruary 14, 2011 Oops

Enjoy your V.D. indeed! Apart from the infelicitous abbreviation, what’s with dropping the second period? It’s gotta be Enjoy your V.D.! not V.D! Compliments of the delicious cakewrecks blog.

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Misplaced modifier…in complaint about not being hired as a legal writing professor

Misplaced modifier...in complaint about not being hired as a legal writing professorFebruary 9, 2011 Oops

A few years ago, Theresa Wagner applied for a position as a legal writing professor at the University of Iowa Law School. She didn’t get the job, and she filed a lawsuit claiming that the decision not to hire her was based on illegal discrimination against her conservative political views: she had been active in [...]

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Steven Soderbergh paternity suit: hotbed of misplaced modifiers and talking lawsuits

Steven Soderbergh paternity suit: hotbed of misplaced modifiers and talking lawsuitsFebruary 4, 2011 Grammar

The Huffington Post reports that Steven Soderbergh, director of Ocean’s 11 and Sex, Lies, and Videotape, has been hit with a paternity suit.   “(Soderbergh) has acknowledged that he is the father of the child verbally,” adds the lawsuit, filed Wednesday in a state court in Manhattan.  Huh? Reel that verbally in and put it [...]

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Behind every great man…

Behind every great man...February 4, 2011 Oops

  Apostrophe Man is adorable.  But he needs Comma Woman, thank you, unless he is going to have the chalk thank the blonde.  Huh? reblogged from elsi

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American Idol: person or thing?

American Idol: person or thing?January 27, 2011 Grammar

Yesterday’s riddler illustrated the distinction between who (for people) and that (for things). In case you didn’t believe me when I said that lots of good writers mess up the who-that (who dat?) distinction, here’s a quote from a recent NY Times article on American Idol: “If they can create another Kelly Clarkson that sells millions and [...]

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Meet the MILFs: A cautionary tale

Meet the MILFs: A cautionary taleJanuary 21, 2011 Just funny

Welcome to the MILF law firm. No, it’s not a new sitcom about sexy, opting-back-in-after-baby moms who hang out a shingle, determined to practice law on their own terms this time around. (I do see some potential there, though.) MILF is an actual firm, the Mohammed Ibrahim law firm, based in Oman. Although the firm [...]

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