April 20th observations

Hoorah! There’ve been lots of new posts on GrammarBlog since I last logged on (things have been crazily busy lately, birthday stuff etc.).

There’s a great post of a video of David Mitchell explaining his love of linguistic accuracy, a post about designers who look at text rather than reading it (leading to the use of DEFINETELY in and advertisement), a snap of a newspaper headline that reads, ‘Police couldn’t have saved N.Y. victimes, local attorney sayse’, and another pic of a sign that reads ‘NO MORE MILK OR COFFEE UNTILL AFTER MIDDAY’. I love it.

At work, which is incidentally a publishing company, there is a sign that says, ‘Please ensure that this kitchen is to be kept tidy at all times.’

This bothers me. Either ‘Please ensure that this kitchen is kept tidy at all times’, or ‘This kitchen is to be kept tidy at all times’ would work, but not an amalgamation of both. Every day, it bothers me. But that’s just me..

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