I hope it’s just a proofreading error

I’m coming to the conclusion that one of the kids’ teachers combines being somewhat ill-informed with being a really bad proofreader. I think the following sentence, coming from her Christmas email to parents, reflects the latter problem: “The holidays are surly here.” (Although I have to admit to being somewhat surly during the holidays myself!)

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  1. Marguerite says

    Last week I was at a Christmas luncheon of a major corporation that you would recognize if I named it. A youngish female vice president said the following to a ballroom full of people: ” . . . and he has saw how it has been improving . . .” I was stunned, but even worse, I didn’t see that anyone else was.

  2. Michael Heinz says

    I’m terrified to ask what that headline meant, Al.

    Teachers who can’t speak, write or parse drive me batty; I’d list some examples from my own experience but I don’t want to go off on a long winded rant..

  3. says

    Like Michael, I’m scared to know what the headline means. I can’t get any reasonable sense out of it.

    Since your post will undoubtedly spawn a long list of pet linguistic peeves, here’s mine: a colleague who graduated from a super college but says “supposubly” and was puzzled and annoyed with I pointed out that there’s no “b” in that word. I’ve heard it many times since.

  4. Danny Lemieux says

    OK, on a more positive note – I was communicating with my son’s high school physics teacher, recently. Found out that she’s a PhD Medical Engineer. I was impressed. I don’t know how well she teaches but my son certainly is being taught by an expert.

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