Tonight in Seattle:  

igDana and Betsy beaten by grammar vandal

Yes, that headline is intentionally supposed to confuse you*. See this article, from the Boston Sunday Globe, about a Boston woman's crusade to fix poor grammar in public. Here's a snippet:

"RUN EASY BOSTON," the ads announced, inviting locals to . . . do what?

The question began to haunt her.

"Should I run an easy Boston? Should I run, and is Boston a promiscuous city?" she riffed on her travel blog, katesadventures.com. Her conclusion: "Without punctuation, we have nothing."

 

Go grammar vandal!

*If igDana and I had our own sets of punctuation stickers, we would have BEAT the grammar vandal to the task. But I assure you, nobody's been bloodied over the situation. Yet.

The grammar vandal should have drinks with the lonely lady from the New York Times Magazine last weekend.

Well, I still like the idea of Boston being promiscuous. I think the comma should be between Run and Easy...

What? No blood spilled? And here's me thinking that, after Eats, Shoots and Leaves, grammar had become a violent sport.

Ha, Greggior (wait, is it really Greggior? or Greggoir?), if I correct Erik Gonzalez one more time, I might get myself all bloodied up. A bloody sport indeed.

Damn straight. Grammar is for chumps.

Damn straight. Grammar is for chumps.

Oh properly inserted commas, how I do heart thee...

A woman without her man is nothing

A woman: without her, man is nothing

This made me think of Eats, Shoots & Leaves too, greggoir. I love that little volume and have resolved to re-read it once per year.

The author, Lynne Truss, goes into detail about her desire to carry around a Sharpie and add the missing apostrophe to each Two Weeks Notice movie poster she sees. I'm sure she'd love the Boston vandal.

And yes, Dana, the title omits an Oxford (serial) comma, and the book encourages flexibility (but consistency!) on that punctuation guideline. :P

This comic immediately comes to mind.

Oh man, that's too good not to share here...

Betsy, thank you so much for the blog posting! I really appreciate it. It's nice to know that there are so many people in Boston who go crazy over errors the way I do!

Be sure to keep visiting www.thegrammarvandal.com for updates. I'm adding some good stuff. :-)

Thanks again!

oMg oMg oMg oMg oMg!

It's the grammar vandal!!

My hero!

Props to Kate!

Woot! Woot! Thanks for stopping by, Kate!! We're honored.

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