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23 January 2012 @ 08:01 am
She needs to sort out her priorities. (Maybe.)  
(The family is on the way to church. The church is located in a sketchy part of town, where gang tagging and vandalism is on the rise. Carrie sometimes likes to looks at the tagging, since it's a SORT of art, and sees instead a business who has painted the side of their building with logos and such in an effort to keep the tagging at bay.)

Me. *deep sigh*

Nolan. (Looks at me with concern, squeezes my hand) What's wrong?

Me. People disappoint me.

Nolan. Who?

Me. (Points) That sign. Plural is different than possessive. It's an apostrophe. It isn't that difficult. There are rules.

Nolan. (Laughs) You're funny.

Me. Why is that funny? I think it's tragic.

Nolan. No, YOU'RE funny. There are people killing themselves in the world, dying in war zones, and you're worried about punctuation.

Me. Bad punctuation kills me. It's PAINTED on the side of the building, for crying out loud! It isn't even one of those signs you change out. (whispers) That mistake is permanent.

Nolan. I think you should start a letter writing campaign to all the businesses in town who use improper grammar in their signs.

Me. I could, you know. Someone should tell them.

Nolan. Yeah. *mocks me* "I'm not shopping at your establishment because you aren't smart enough to string together a correct sentence." That'll work.

Me. (glares) Well, I'm not likely to be doing business at 'Flaco's Auto Repair, where they specialize in Euro's, anyway."

(Family continues to church - the punctuation goes uncorrected and the mocking ceases.)
I am:: at the bar
I feel:: coldcold
Kate: Bunny Quite Enoughmugglechump on January 24th, 2012 01:40 am (UTC)
I'm so with you on this. When Meredith was about 13, she teased me about writing in complete sentences with words actually spelled out when I was instant messaging. I told her that it was important to express yourself clearly and that using improper spelling and grammar projects the image of someone who isn't intelligent or well-educated. She said, "One day everyone's going to write like me."

Kate: Ash: Stressedmugglechump on January 24th, 2012 01:43 am (UTC)
OH! I knew I was forgetting something.

On my way home from Mer's wedding last year, I stopped at a gas station with a neon sign in the window advertising 'berakfast'. How many people had to see that sign before it made it to the front window? Someone designed it. Someone made it. Someone shipped it. Someone received it and put it up, and yet NO ONE realized there was a glaring spelling error. I fear the future.
Carrie Leigh: how I hate thiscarrie_leigh on January 24th, 2012 04:37 am (UTC)
I blame the wrinkles around my mouth on bad punctuation and grammar. Every time I see a mistake, especially one as horrific as that, I purse my lips in a rather unattractive way.

*shakes fist at the people*