There’s even a society with a website — The Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar, “An online journal in which members of The Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar document their noble efforts. ” — and a music video featuring Grammar Girl herself.
Archive for the ‘Language’ Category
My wife recently organized a fund-raising dinner in conjunction with a writing workshop. She needed solid commitments in order to plan the food properly, and this is often a problem.
She commented at one point
“I’m not taking reservations by phone, I’m taking them by money.”
Years ago, when I still controlled the bath water for my son, we had a humorous (to me, not him) exchange.
He asked me to make it “warmer”. So I did.
He asked again for “warmer”. So I made it warmer.
After several more exchanges, he’s in tears demanding “NO! Waaarrrmmer”.
I finally figured it out – you have “Cold” and “Hot”, and “Warm” is in between. The water was too hot, and he wanted it moved to “warm”.
I guess it makes sense, but it is not standard usage of the words.
In a similar vein, when you “turn up the air conditioning”, do you turn up the power (making it colder) or turn up the temperature setting (making it warmer)? Perhaps it depends on whether you have central air or a window unit.
I had a language parsing error at Citi Market yesterday. After I paid for my groceries, the clerk tried to sell me something, as they are wont to do. He asked me if I had heard of the “Be Free Call.”.
“The what?” I asked?
“The Be Free Call.” he repeated.
“I guess not. [sigh] Why don’t you tell me about it?” I reluctantly admitted.
He proceeded to tell me how I could return any meat I was uncomfortable with.
Due to the BeeF reCall. Sheesh.