Commas appear so easily and seem so innocent that it’s easy to read right past them. That’s apparently how the “All-in-one computer printer, sandwich maker” was born.Continue reading
The term “motherload” performed a pratfall across the classified ads this week and landed in my neighborhood with a thud. I tried to laugh. Instead, I scratched my head andContinue reading
A “curing iron” would sure come in handy some days.
Gas? ….Continue reading
I used to work with reporters who would write that something was “thisclose” to happening, and then howl that their creativity was being stifled if anyone suggested inserting a space between “this” and “close.”
Yes, it just looked like a typo.
The spelling in this ad, I’m afraid, is no typo.
Rather, it’s a morsel from the gruel school of usage. …Continue reading
We don’t hear much about “barrows” in the 21st century, which is no doubt why the folks having this garage sale listed a “wheel barrel” for sale.
There’s definitely a difference, though, between a wheelbarrow, which is a type of hand truck, and “wheel barrel,” which is a, a … garbage can?Continue reading