Wednesday, October 5, 2011

At the Risk of Sounding Cranky...

Ah, life’s little irritations. Anyone can post on the Internet now and say anything. They can leave all sorts of bad writing examples lying around for innocent young children to stumble upon. Case in point: I was reading  a photography blog today. Good stuff…on photography. But I stopped in my reading tracks when I came across, “In this image the baby didn’t want to keep upright so mom put her finger on their head to keep them steady.”

Give me a minute while I slow my pulse down.

Ok. There we go. We won’t discuss the non-capitalization of “mom” used as a name. We’ll ignore the missing comma. It happens (and of course you know where the missing comma goes).  But Honey, you were the photographer! The baby in question was naked! Clearly you know the baby’s gender, so why would you violate pronoun-antecedent agreement for no apparent reason?

Or is this just an English teacher gripe? Does no one else get worked up over these things? How about when this photographer reminds us to treat babies with “the upmost care”?
Fine then. I’ll just go lie down now. Wake me when the world comes to its senses.


  1. I hear you. The other day I heard a commercial use "less" when it
    should have used "fewer," and I shouted at the TV.

  2. Ha! I've done the same thing, Danae. I'm so glad to hear I'm not alone.


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