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Errors, Erors Everywhere!

Many visitors to this site have been searching for everyday examples of mistakes in grammar, punctuation, and spelling. I have a Best Pick blog to recommend to you: Grammar Hell. In the spirit of Eats, Shoots & Leaves author Lynne Truss, Grammar Hell’s creator, Jack, has been merrily and methodically citing errors for more than a year.

According to Grammar Hell, the most often misspelled name in the current news is Condoleezza Rice, U.S. Secretary of State.

With funny photo evidence and homemade graphics, he recently cited these common and uncommon errors:

Entrence on First (on the back of a building)
Tuna stake (on a restaurant menu)
Chicken Chilly (another menu)
Keys Made While You Waite
Erica Get’s Married (on a TV show Blind Date)
McDonalds (for the fast food giant McDonald’s)
The Post Office tries it’s best (from a news article)
Between 1 and 3 a.m. in the morning (news article)

The graphics, good-natured ranting, and explanations of the rules of grammar and punctuation make this site worthwhile.

Enjoy Grammar Hell.

Did you notice my intentional error in the title of this post? Just testing!
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By Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston has helped thousands of employees and managers improve their business writing skills and confidence through her company, Syntax Training. In her corporate training career of more than 20 years, she has worked with executives, engineers, scientists, sales staff, and many other professionals, helping them get their messages across with clarity and tact.

A gifted teacher, Lynn has led writing classes at more than 100 companies and organizations such as MasterCard, Microsoft, Boeing, Nintendo, REI, AARP, Ledcor, and Kaiser Permanente. Near her home in Seattle, Washington, she has taught managerial communications in the MBA programs of the University of Washington and UW Bothell. She has created a communications course, Business Writing That Builds Relationships, and provides the curriculum at no cost to college instructors.

A recognized expert in business writing etiquette, Lynn has been quoted in "The Wall Street Journal," "The Atlantic," "Vanity Fair," and other media.

Lynn sharpened her business writing skills at the University of Notre Dame, where she earned a master's degree in communication, and at Bradley University, with a bachelor's degree in English.

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