It’s kind of sneaky because of the (admittedly thoughtful) structure of the composition, but this campaign commercial contains a grammatical error. Give it a listen, take a guess, and see if your answer matches mine after the jump.
Today’s post is a soft relaunch of DWT. The hiatus was for a lot of reasons, but I’m back.
How many seconds into this commercial from City Mill (Hawaii) does it take for the voiceover to make a horrible grammatical error? Watch the video; then hit “read more” to see if your answer matches mine!
I once saw Erykah Badu in concert, at a northern California stop of the second Lilith Fair. She was beautiful and graceful and elegant and regal, and she put out some killer live music.
She did not, however, take off her clothes, as she did while filming a music video in Dallas last month. Continue reading Mama Didn’t Raise No Fool
This week’s Not a Good Sign is again from Ryan and was taken at a bon dance in Wahiawa, Hawaii.
If you’ve got one to share, send it to me at scrivener @ this domain. Thanks, Ryan, and may you all have wonderful Weeke Nds!
This week’s Not a Good Sign comes from the always sharp-eyed Crissy, who was in the habit of snapping these photos long before this little blog was ever conceived. She spotted it at the Market City Pet’s Discount (yes, that punctuation annoys me too, but there’s a chance it’s accurate, so I’m leaving it alone) in Honolulu.
Thanks, Crissy, and keep them coming! And may you all have a HUGE weekend!
This week’s Not a Good Sign contribution is from Ryan and was taken next to the University Subway. That’s a dining establishment, not a transport depot.
Thanks, Ryan! Keep those photos coming, all you sharp-eyed, urban-commando linguists!
Hello. I had a little bit of an Internet connectivity problem, but thanks to @sophielynette, things seem to be okay now. I’ll return tomorrow with the Weekend Photo and answer readers’ comments and questions on Sunday, and then it will be back to the linguistic madness again on Monday. Thanks for hanging in with me!
I don’t know where this came from or why it seems to be proliferating, but please take a look at this Google News search for “an historic.” As I write this, this search returns 3,144 results for this exact phrase.
I know this isn’t any of you, but if you know someone who’s doing this, beg him or her to stop!
The rule you learned whenever you learned it still applies. Use an in front of most words beginning with a vowel sound, such as honor, apple, and irritating. Use a in front of everything else. Here in the United States, we pronounce the /h/ sound in front of words like historic, humiliating, and heroic, so those words take a.
Now please do what you can to reverse the tide of this, an ‘orrible practice if e’er I ‘eard one!