Archive for May 21st, 2009

Here’s the headline as posted:

“RPT-UPDATE 1-California rejects budget fix, fiscal future cloudy”

(click here for the real story)

Let’s see … 3 fs in that headline … do we hear 4? 5? more?

How about this:

“Bear Flag State forsakes finances, fiscal future foggy”


alliteration. noun. the commencement of two or more words of a word group with the same letter, as in apt alliteration’s artful aid; the commencement of two or more stressed syllables of a word group either with the same consonant sound or sound group (consonantal alliteration), as in from stem to stern, or with a vowel sound that may differ from syllable to syllable (vocalic alliteration), as in each to all.

Get it? Got it. Good!

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Again with the headlines …

An iGoogle CNN.com news headline reads:

“Former NFL football player arrested in cold case”

(click here for the real story)

What comes to your mind?

Here’s what came to ours:

arrest in cold case

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The headlines just keep coming in …

A CNN.com news headline reads:

“Alleged plot to blow up NYC synagogue foiled”

(click here for the real story)

What comes to your mind?

Here’s what came to ours:


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More fun with headlines.

Today, a CNN.com news headline reads:

“Obama, Cheney give pro, con on closing Gitmo”

(click here for the real story)

What comes to your mind?

Here’s what came to ours:

pro con

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Today, we were reminded of one of our favorite GrammarGoofs, the Spoonerism.

What, you ask?

Spoonerism. noun. the transposition of two sounds, or of the first letters of two words, in a simple sentence; the transposition of initial or other sounds of words, usually by accident, as in a blushing crow for a crushing blow. Named for the Reverend William Archibald Spooner (1844–1930), Warden of New College, Oxford, who was known for such slips.

Another example, from dictionary.com: Let me sew you to your sheet for Let me show you to your seat.

So, now you know what it’s called … 

Here’s one we heard/saw recently:

“This site requires cookies to proper functionally!” (function properly)

Please send us your examples.

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UPDATE: We read a tweet today (on Twitter) that led to this update/re-post …

“Keep reading ‘I casted on # stitches’. Makes me cranky. Past tense is ‘I cast on..’  Isn’t it? Or did my mother, the Grammar Queen, fail me?”

No, your mom, the Grammar Queen did not fail you!


The idea for this post was cast in a sales meeting …

The sales reps, without exception, compared their last period’s results to what they had “forecasted.”

How do you feel when you hear fingernails scrape down a chalkboard? Want to see a grammarian cringe?

This post is not meant to be a full lesson on regular and irregular verbs and formation of all the tenses, but merely a focused rant on a couple of contemporary offenses involving the word “cast,” namely, “forecast” and “broadcast.”

Bear with us …

… an angler’s line was never casted

… she never casted her eyes in his direction

… Samantha never casted a spell upon Darrin

… actors are never casted for their roles, and

… the artist never casted a mold.


Why, then, would one refer to their last month’s sales projections as having been forecasted, or last week’s episode as having been broadcasted? We don’t get it!

So, go forth, heed this warning, forecast great results and broadcast fantastic entertainment, just, please, don’t let us catch you in possession of or using the ~ed, having forecasted or broadcasted, unless you want to be cast in the GrammarGallows.

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