I don’t know how much you’ve picked up on my anal-retentiveness regarding grammar. This entire post is dedicated to my efforts.
I’ll put it behind a cut to be nice.
This was on the printer at work. That should say “Fewer than 400 pages,” because one can count individual pages. Less is used to measure a quantity that cannot be counted in individual units, such as fat. 1/3 less fat, 1/3 fewer calories.
I found the “apostrophe s” boo-boo at work while I was playing around with the latest version of Lotus Notes.
The song is called supposed to be called “Breathe,” not Breath. Ack.
Remember this fiasco from a few months ago?
Well, those folks at Target never learn, do they? Check out what I found last week:
I actually wrote them a letter about it:
I am a grammar fanatic and I couldn’t help but notice that two of your store signs have errors on them. The first is the sign for the Thank You notes. Instead of saying “Thanks Yous” as proper, it says “Thank You’s.” I am assuming that you meant for the sign to be a plural, not a possessive. A more effective and less confusing way to indicate the contents of the aisle might be “Thank You Notes.”
I noticed another sign last night that read “PDA’s & Accessories.” Again, I am guessing you wanted to indicate a plural rather than a possessive, so the apostrophe is not necessary.
I enjoy shopping at Target a LOT, and I understand that the plural/possessive issue is a common one. With so many people who get easily confused, I think a corporation should make an effort to use correct forms so as to not confuse people even moreso.
Thank you for your time. Have a great day!
… and they responded back!
Dear Ronica D____,
Thank you for your e-mail regarding your concerns with the product labeling
and department signs at your local Target stores.
We appreciate observant guests, such as yourself, bringing these matters to
our attention. I will make your comments about proper grammar available to
our Store Operations team for further review.
We are always looking for ways to make the Target shopping experience
better for every guest. We do welcome your feedback, so if we can assist
you in the future, please contact our Target Guest Relations team at
1-800-440-0680. We also invite you to share your comments whenever you
visit a Target store or on the Internet at http://www.target.com.
Thank you for being a valued Target guest.
Target Guest Relations
I wonder if they will fix those signs anytime soon?
I wonder if I should go on a mission to make all corporations aware of bad signage.
I wonder if I should get a life?
*edited to add* – actually, grammar, words, writing IS my life. So yeah. Never mind that last question.