Another Comic about Language

rogersgeorge on July 11th, 2016

Not exactly a lesson here, but clever. The strip is Soup to Nutz by Rick Stromoski.

Soup to Nutz

The second cell reminds me of one of my kid sister’s favorite jokes: “Is it mucus? No! it’s snot!”

I have to point out two things that he got right. “It’s” is spelled correctly, and he didn’t say “two different ways.”

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Case again

rogersgeorge on January 8th, 2014

I know I mention case a lot, but I like to post comics about grammar, and I happened to run into one that uses case both correctly and incorrectly in a construction that can be tricky to get right—comparison. First the comic.

Basic Instructions

I like Scott Meyer’s work because of his clever humor. Apparently that’s Scott on the right. I don’t know if the fellow on the left represents an actual person, but usually he’s the one who makes the mistakes. This time he gets it right and Scott makes the mistake. Look at the first speech.

I heard the boss yelling. Did you tell him that you’re smarter than him again?

Remember the last post, about copulatives and predicate nominatives? Yup, he should have said “…you’re smarter than he.” The uncompressed sentence is “…that you are smarter than he is.” “He” sounds correct now, doesn’t it?

Go to the last cell, first speech.

Why shouldn’t I be able to tell people that I’m smarter than they?

“They” is correct! The expanded sentence is “…I am smarter than they are.” Sounds right, doesn’t it?

As a footnote, I should point out that the captions on to two last cells use “its” and “it’s” correctly. But you noticed that, didn’t you?

grammar comic

rogersgeorge on November 30th, 2013

I like comics about our language. here’s another. Can you tell his two mistakes?



I like to give credit whenever I post someone else’s work; see the info in the upper left corner.

Now down to business. Did you catch the solecisms? Obviously the joke wouldn’t be as good, but to stay with the possessive, he should have said “myPod.” And since he started with the singular, the last one should also have been singular; his, her, its-Pod.

I’m such a curmudgeon…

For Shame!

rogersgeorge on August 3rd, 2011

Why do I take such perverse delight in simple grammar and spelling mistakes on the part of people who really should know better? Must be the curmudgeon in me. Though to tell the truth, I think my main motive is to help you, dear reader, to  not make those same mistakes.

For something to be shameful, it has to be something bad when you had come to expect something good. So let’s start with the good part:

I recently read a book (and I highly recommend it), The Goal by Eli Goldratt. It’s a book about business practice, written in the form of a novel, and it’s quite readable. I actually had a lump in my throat when he solved some of his problems. The book was written more than 20 years ago, and its principle is still relevant. Click my Amazon link over there on the right, buy a used copy, and give it a read. Or visit and find a cheaper copy, maybe.

So here’s the bad thing. The back cover of another book by this same guy (It’s Not Luck) contains ads for more books in the series. One of the ads puts the wrong word in the title of one of the books! See if you see the mistake:

The Theory of Constraints and it’s Implications for Management Accounting

I know marketing people are reputed to be goofy, but really! “It’s” when they mean “its”? Harrumpf! This is grade school stuff, guys. The title is spelled correctly in the illustration of the book’s cover, too. By the way—I copied the misspelled title into Google to find a picture of the cover, and Google asked if I meant the title with the correct spelling. Even Google’s algorithms know the right way to do it.

Note the spelling of the title

Please! Don’t you do that, dear reader. Remember: his, hers, its, my, your, their. No apostrophe for personal possessive adjectives.