And now: Viewer Mail.
In response to this post, Blaine writes:
Scrivener! “Cemetary.” Dude, for SHAME! Cemetery! Or is it Cafetaria?
Yes, I misspelled it. How odd. It was embarrassing enough an error that I went back and corrected it, so now Blaine’s comment doesn’t look like it refers to anything. It brings up an idea I’ve been working on, where people earn points for finding my errors. I’m working on a scoring system.
In response to the same post, Mokihana writes:
Eh! You’re gonna love this one! It combines your plurals post as well as this one.
“Built in the early 20’s the Usa Building is graced with large lanai’s, and shaded by the enormous branches of monkeypod trees…”
Do I get extra credit for finding it?
No extra credit, but photographic evidence for a weekend photo would have been nice! I want to build contributions like this into the scoring system, too. As for the quote: Yuck!
In response to this post, Nickoli clarifies one of Blaine’s comment:
The example of a team being called the A’s doesn’t seem to be a problem to me, for there is another use of apostrophes: contractions. Shortening “Athletics” to “A’s” is surely as valid as shortening “is not” to “isn’t”. I think this is the point Blaine is making above, as well.
When Blaine left the first comment, I was so blown away (not to mention liberated!) that I didn’t know what to say! A lifetime of guilty rooting for a team whose punctuation I could not condone vanished in an instant! I have to think about this one, because if you are right, I can feel good about myself. However, if you are right and the continued use of A’s confuses other people so that they THINK this is the OTHER use, then I might still have to avoid using it myself!
RJG, in response to this post, writes:
I don’t know why, but I think putting the name second, and putting the possessive “his” first, is wrong. Is that a grammatical rule or am I just being weird?
It’s definitely not incorrect to write it the way it appears, but I understand your beef. Writing should be clear, and in the case of newswriting, the copy needs to be read quickly, too. Readers are not expecting James Joyce. They want good, clear writing that does the job quickly, so for a news article, I think your suggestion is better. However, I can think of times when, for stylistic reasons, you might want to put the possessive his first, as in Although her audience wasn’t expecting it, Madonna surprised the crowd with her costume of rubber bracelets, bangles, and big hair, just as she wore them in the mid-eighties.
Whoops. Sorry. Little fantasy of mine.
We’ll return with more viewer mail the NEXT time I can’t think of anything to write!