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Posts from ‘October, 2014’

Some Funny Signs


Some funny signs have accumulated in my folder, so it's time to post the latest batch. One of the things I like about blogging is having people tell me they get a lift from my blog posts. The first sign below is something ironic I spotted not far from our neighborhood.

Need A Lift

Signs are especially fun when you try to imagine what occasioned their creation. Like this next one — what happened that made this sign necessary?!

Danger Alligators

Or this one....
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Grammar and Spelling


Being a language teacher, I am obviously interested in grammar. I know that the word grammar chills the blood of many people, as they entertain thoughts of struggling with grammar in school. But honestly, vocabulary alone is not enough to allow us to communicate our thoughts so that others can comprehend them. We cannot just string words together with no order. To quote William B. Bradshaw, "Grammar, regardless of the country or the language, is the foundation for communication — the better the grammar, the clearer the message, the more likelihood of understanding the message's intent and meaning. That is what communication is all about."

This is particularly true in writing, where the clarifying impact of vocal intonation is missing. Let me demonstrate....

Lets Eat Grandma

I'm sure that Grandma would prefer clearer communication that would help her avoid being the victim of cannibalism. There would have been no problem when the suggestion of eating was said aloud, but the written form needs to reflect that pause, hence the comma.

This next one on punctuation is a bit more subtle.
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