Thursday, September 18, 2014

Word Crimes

I am sitting here listening to Weird Al, and being influenced by his music. I am also admiring his beautifully straight teeth. The thought came to me, your reader wants to know a couple grammatical errors that bug you

Dear Reader, 

Here are a couple grammatical errors that bug me:

Hope that helps. Although this is a complete sentence, it is not saying what many people think. It is a directive. You are telling someone to have hope in some kind of process.  I hope that helps. This is expressing hopefulness that you have done something to assist or better the person you are speaking to. It could also mean you are witnessing something being tried, which you hope will help. Take possession of your encouraging words, Reader.

Here is a picture of Ken and I. [This is incorrect.]  Here is a picture of Ken and me. [This is correct.] You may think it sounds incorrect; to check it, leave out the person you are doing the activity with. Here is a picture of I. Here is a picture of me. Me is the winner.

You are welcome, Reader. Thank you for stopping by. Please bring me some cookies.


PS, I do not claim to an expert. The hidden message of this post is about the kettle calling the pot black. There will be a beautiful irony if I have missed errors in this post.


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