Should’ve come to Clevercherry.

Author: Claire Middleton
Published: 2nd April 2019

I’ve always been a stickler when it comes to grammar and spelling. I proofread everything. Even when out and about, I can’t help it. I am always astounded at how many errors I see. On signs, billboards, leaflets and brochures – there are howlers everywhere!

I had a little look online to see what other people had found, and I have to say the results were hilarious, if not a little disheartening for a grammar geek like me! My particular favourite is the warning to go slowly in the ‘accident porn’ area...

In addition, online I have occasionally been posed the question ‘Are you sure you want to exist?’ Hmm, that’s a tricky one.

My list of big grammar peeves includes the misuse of apostrophes and the non-use of commas (I know, I’m so cool). I understand lots of people don’t share this with me; many don’t see the importance of these little marks. However, they are important, essential in fact. Just look at the difference they make in the sentence below:

Let’s eat grandma! (Whoa!)

Let’s eat, grandma. (Oh ok, that’s fine)

See? Commas save lives! Use them.

My other favourites include the big sign saying 'SHCOOL' I saw displaying on a side of a road (proving education is key), the 'Executive Bored Room' sign on a meeting room door (I'm sure that's great for business!), and the 'All prosecutors will be toad' warning message displaying outside a private car park (the car park can turn you into a frog?). As you can see, a small typo makes a huge difference!

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