Grammar Cop: Friday Lineup Posted on March 31, 2006 by Brian Sack Grammar Cop Poll closed. Next Maximum Freshness Previous eBay: Tiffany & Co. Glass Apple My Father Didn’t Want You may also like... The Nigerian Email Experiment My Swear-Laden, Violent Mob Comedy Is Busy Please Stop Reading Us Magazine 15 Responses Comments15 Pingbacks0 Amy Fanter says: March 31, 2006 at 2:00 pm I am willing to forgive “weird” because the poor guy actually looks like Weird Al. I’m willing to forgive the sheriff’s office with the lamb involved there were likely some larger issues at stake. But the other two? Frankly, it’s a tie. Rob from Denver says: March 31, 2006 at 2:02 pm I can forgive the misspellings of cops and small businesses. But international companies that use schmancy PR firms … ? Never! Scott says: March 31, 2006 at 4:20 pm Squzzed. Hands down. stevie says: March 31, 2006 at 4:38 pm I hold a special place (in hell) for signage gaffes, because it requires several people to write, review copy, lay out, print in large size, etc. Personally feel that sign manufacturers should be held criminally liable – that’d ensure they’d give these things a better review. JJ says: March 31, 2006 at 4:44 pm Stella!!! Oh the irony of it all- there’s just something about an ad for “perfection” with grammatical errors… Ali Beth says: March 31, 2006 at 4:54 pm “Graphically-awkward” should not be hyphenated, due to the -ly exception. [ Aw, Christmas. -B. ] KT says: March 31, 2006 at 5:29 pm Et tu, Brute? “Graphically awkward poll” shouldn’t have a hyphen in it (an adverb already refers to the word it precedes). I’m just sayin’. At any rate, the juice ad has multiple other errors (capitalized “juice” and “vitamins,” and an ampersand smack in the middle of a sentence) that make it a serious contender. But in the end, it’s always the one that tries too hard that looks the stupidest. Stella it is. BluesScale says: March 31, 2006 at 8:22 pm Gentiles could be correct. There may have been non-jewish people present. golfwidow says: April 1, 2006 at 2:01 am I was going to forgive the Weird Al ad, but if you read the text, both spellings of weird (the correct one and the “wierd” one) are used. This is just another example of someone being paid for doing a half-arsed job. Frances says: April 1, 2006 at 3:03 pm I have to go with the juice, it’s not an alcoholic beverage. I can’t spell while drinking alcohol, but I would think anyone could while drinking juice. And the other two were just, well, weird. Brian says: April 3, 2006 at 2:01 pm I should also point out that in addition to “weird” the folks at Icons managed to spell “Yankovic” wrong. Vanessa says: April 5, 2006 at 8:02 am I’m going to have to borrow the beer ad. Your GP posts prove that I’m not the only freak about this stuff. Spandox says: April 6, 2006 at 4:55 pm I don’t see spelling mistakes are sloppy but don’t really as bad grammar, just sloppiness. The use of “It’s” where “its” belongs is just laughable and makes me want to say “your dumb.” –Spandox PS: I know you’re right in telling me that I used the wrong “your” – but you are also wrong, because it was a joke Steve says: April 12, 2006 at 6:06 pm So Brian, who did you vote for? And Spandox, you might want to have a look at the first part of your scathing post. Warren B. says: May 7, 2006 at 12:55 pm Just discovered your site, and the Grammar Cop entries in particular. I’ve got a whole section of photos of written-language abuse on my Flickr account. Keep up the good work. It’s heartbreaking that the people who commit these errors are also the people least likely to give a crap.