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To: Edgy
From: Absent-minded Secretary
Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2005 10:02 AM
Subject: Article from deseretnews.com


Absent-minded Secretary thought you might be interested in reading the following story, which appeared on deseretnews.com on Wednesday, December 7, 2005.

APOSTROPHE CATASTROPHE! PUNCTUATION'S SUFFERING
"Its time for Winter! Come see our Sale's!" Look a little odd? It should. While many of us feel confident in our ability to speak correctly and communicate effectively, sometimes our punctuation gets left behind--especially, it seems, on holiday-season signs. FULL STORY



To: Absent-minded Secretary
From: Edgy
Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2005 11:26 AM
Subject: Re: Article from deseretnews.com


Thanks for the article. Though, truth be told, I'm trying to figure out why this is even news.


To: Edgy
From: Absent-minded Secretary
Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2005 02:48 PM
Subject: Article from deseretnews.com


So, after thinking during my Diet Coke lunch-break, there are a few things about that article that make it news.

  1. It was printed in the Utah County Section of the paper, so we have to wonder why it's being targeted to Utah County residents. (Perhaps you can already guess?)
    1. It's news to Utah County residents that there are people in this county without perfect grammar and punctuation. This fact might lead some people to believe that there are imperfections all around them. This might lead to the complete dissolution of some belief systems. This reporter is creating a situation which will, in the future, be news.
    2. The reporter has been so annoyed with being assigned the Utah County beat that she is sending a "secret" message to her editors that there are no stories in Utah County.
    3. Utah County residents just might believe that if they write it on paper a certain way that makes it right and there is not a formal structure for grammar and punctuation. Therefore, the knowledge that there are rules to apostrophes would be news to them.

  2. "While many of us feel confident in our ability to speak correctly and communicate effectively, sometimes our punctuation gets left behind--especially, it seems, on holiday-season signs."
    1. Apparently, punctuation gets worse on holidays. (Have you and your co-editors noticed this?) Maybe too much Egg Nog?
    2. According to the reporter, signs are the worst abuses of punctuation in the English language. Apparently she has never read the Daily Universe.

  3. But should there be separate rules for "signage grammar"? "It's pretty hard to have 'bad' grammar on signs." Is she trying to promote a new style guide for signage grammar? She must have a new publication in the works--Webster's Universal Sign Language Dictionary :) --and is trying to drum up community interest in grammar to increase sales.
  4. Back to the quote: "While many of us feel confident in our ability to speak correctly and communicate effectively..." She should have ended this sentence with "most of us don't know how close to death we have been while in the presence of a grammar-lover." Speaking and writing incorrectly in front of the wrong person can be a death-defying act. Perhaps she is creating awareness so there are fewer grammar related homicides out there in the future.

5 comments:

'Thought & Humor' said...

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and undoubtedly must have
atypical & quiescent potential
for your intended readership.
May I suggest that you do
everything in your power to
honor your encyclopedic/omniscient
Designer/Architect as well
as your revering audience.
As soon as we acknowledge
this Supreme Designer/Architect,
Who has erected the beauteous
fabric of the universe, our minds
must necessarily be ravished with
wonder at this infinite goodness,
wisdom and power.

Please remember to never
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for ascertaining uninterrupted
existence for their quintessence.

Merry Christmas,
Dr. Howdy

'Thought & Humor'

Absent-minded Secretary said...

Edgy, is "Dr. Howdy" asking for the Deseret News reporter's name or yours? I don't quite get what he is saying?

noelle feather said...

I am temping at a job this week, and I saw something today that reminded me of this post. There was an envelope on their bulletin board with paperwork in it for the employees to read. And, I'm sure you can guess where this is leading? :) It was written in BRIGHT RED INK: Employee's, please read the enclosed paperwork (or whatever).

UGH! I wanted to freaking scream!

Th. said...

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thought&humor is just advertising his thoughtful and humorous blog--he shows up in everyone's comments eventually.

And Lynn Truss better watch her shorts because Edgy may be the new leader of the movement.

(daring confession: I almost used it's instead of its when I wrote my freshmen's final yesterday. I would have died.

Th. said...

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Hey--little bit of self-promotion, but here's an example I once shared: XXX.