Whoopsisms

Whoopsisms

The first in a series lamenting bad punctuation, misspelling, and fractured grammar

  • Posted on: 16 July 2013
  • By: bevmire

How often have you walked by a sign and wanted to erase a misplaced apostrophe, correct a misspelled word or a grammatical error? It seems like what used to be a rare occurrence is happening more and more these days, and right here in the shadow of two of the world's finest educational institutions. If mangling the English language--or any language--upsets you, please join the campaign to end "whoopsism."
This is the first in a series of "whoopsisms," and you're invited to send along any you happen to see. The only rule is that we extend the "whoopser" the courtesy of letting them know a mistake has been made. If it doesn't change, well it's open season!
It's very possible that the creator of this whoopsim spent a little time on the roof top (2 words?) having a "drank." Indeed.

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Comments

The Urban Dictionary says that "dranks" is a slang term describing more than one alcoholic drink. Perhaps this is an invitation to the roof top to have more than just one... ?

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=dranks

Just caught another one. "Employee's Only" posted on a refrigerator at FranDan in East Cambridge. Employee's what?

I was thinking "dranks" might be implying a drawl of some sort. But the misplaced apostrophe drives me NUTS! I think it is one of the most ubiquitous grammar mistakes. OK, people, use the apostrophe when you are indicating ownership, ok? Otherwise, for plurals, NO APOSTROPHE!

Thanks, Sean. With all due respect to Urban, I'll stick with Noah Webster.

Thanks, Sean. With all due respect to Urban, I'll stick with Noah Webster.