Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Need a Laugh Wednesday: Grammar humor

Last week I debuted a new feature, Need a Laugh Wednesday. This week's theme: Grammar humor. (OK, the former copy editor in me feels compelled to state that it's really grammar, punctuation and spelling humor.)

It cracks me up that someone has taken the time to graffitically correct a graffito. (And check out Americans for Grammar for more misspelled graffiti.)

Source: via Geneva on Pinterest

Some wisdom from 30 Rock.

The unnecessary comma doesn't help matters, either.


I could add to this: An em dash saying "Wait--sorry--in a hurry."

No visuals for this last one, but I will now share with you my favorite copy editor joke. (OK, it's my only copy editor joke.)

Q: How many copy editors does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Uh, are you sure "change" is the right word here? Because you're not really changing the light bulb, are you? You're replacing it. 

(If you have a favorite visual joke involving grammar, share it in the comments and I'll post it to the Pinterest Board I've created for Need a Laugh Wednesday.)

And don't forget to enter my contest to win Lori Anderson's Bead Soup book. The deadline is midnight Friday. 


  1. I was wondering how long the editor would defer to the artiste!

  2. This is just what I needed! A good laugh over dumb grammar mistakes! Perfect. I loved each one. For undergrad college, I went to a state university in NY. It had been a teachers' college until my class when they started a liberal arts program. I entered college as a prospective English teacher. There were no grammar classes offered at all. None. I was appalled by that and complained to the dean that we were supposed to teach grammar but had no opportunity to learn it in the college? Made no sense to me. He offered to let me teach it. HA! I got out of education and into liberal arts. So three of us graduated with English majors -- the first three non-education English majors. I've been friends with one of one of them since our freshman year (which began 50 years ago next month) and he died yesterday. I need all the laughs I can get because I'm sadder than sad. Thanks, Geneva.

  3. Those were funny. I particularly liked than and then.


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