Thursday, April 05, 2007

Punctuation Is Important, As Is Shameless Self-Promotion

While driving around scenic Tucson today, I spotted a sign that made me guffaw. Normally I try not to guffaw while driving, but we were stopped at a light so it was OK. (Deb hadn't seen the sign, so she just thought I had finally snapped.) The sign, crafted from fine stone-ground cardboard, was tacked to a telephone pole. It read: "Shit-Zu Puppy's For Sale". I gave them credit for the hyphen, as I thought that the word required one. (Turns out it doesn't.) Not in that part of the word, of course, but I thought it was there. The woefully inappropriate apostrophe s would normally have me enraged, but the first part of the sign really took the sting out of it. There's a word of advice to those of you who are a tad shaky on some of the more fundamental rules of grammar: make the first mistake really funny, and the others will be glossed over by your reader.

In other news, I've been a CafePress madman of late. Eight new stores and counting. If you're interested, click me. If you're not interested, that's fine too.



Dzeni said...

I'm with you on the punctuation thing! That sign made me cringe. Someone should really tell them that the plural of "puppy" is "puppies". No apostrophe required. Have you read Eats , Shoots & Leaves?? I think you'd enjoy it.

Wontar said...

Dzeni - I've had that book for a while now, and yes, I did enjoy it thoroughly. If you want to read a book that will make you laugh and cringe at the same time at the stupidity of college/university students, check out Non Campus Mentis. Funny, yet deeply disturbing at the same time.