Posted by JC on July 9th, 2012
Seems my old friend and former journalism student Kevin Milne is losing his spelling ability along with his hair!
Okay, I’ll get the obligatory one-liner out of the way.
‘That’s hardly a fair go, is it.’
(Note no question mark, because it’s rhetorical)
I think after Target anyone in the carpet industry is very wary about comma-ing all over the place
Leave the lad alone! Obviously you’re teaching was no good. Brian
Couldn’t help yourself!
@ Jeff: “I think after Target anyone in the carpet industry is very wary about comma-ing all over the place”.
You only think after Target, and not before? How about a comma after “think” and “Target”?
It’s not a redundant comma that creates the mistake; it’s the missing apostrophe and the ‘e’ for you’re, to signal the contraction of ‘you’ and ‘are’.
Clearly, your understanding is dodgy; as with Kev’s.
@Victor. Oops you got me. Mixed my commas with my apostrophes in my quest for the smart comment. That’ll teach me.
Brian, you probably should have put the full stop after “ability”. The rest is kind of mean and, I’d like to have thought, beneath you.
JC: Possibly – but it’s not beneath me, and I posted it. Don’t fret. Kevin will think it’s funny.
Be fair, Brian. It wouldn’t have been Kevin himself that wrote that. Come on mate, you’re better than that.
You’re quite right, Ken, it wouldn’t have been Kevin WHO wrote that, just as it wasn’t Brian WHO wrote the post.
Eats, shoots, and leaves.
In fact, I wouldn’t support any company that can’t spell or punctuate correctly. and, please don’t blame the agency!
In fact, I wouldn’t support any company that can’t spell or punctuate correctly. And, please don’t blame the agency!
The fact that Mr Milne is now taking money as a huckster for a carpet company seems far more demeaning than an inability to come to grips with apostrophes.
Brian – your right!
I simply cant abide by sloppy punctuation and grammar,especially when I see it on billboard’s. But lets not poke the borax at Kevin. Whose the advertising agency thats responsible for the text? Their the one’s that should be copping the flack.
Maybe Kev is appealing to the younger generation, who probably wouldn’t realise the error. At least he didn’t say “should of” for should have. I heard some guy on National Radio the other day say “should of”. Good God.
@Jebryll: “I simply cant abide by sloppy punctuation and grammar,especially when I see it on billboard’s. But lets not poke the borax at Kevin. Whose the advertising agency thats responsible for the text? Their the one’s that should be copping the flack.”
Not sure whether or not this is a piss-take?
This also goes to demonstrate the fatuity of so called celebrity endorsement. In exchange for cash the celebrity will spout whatever nonsense is put in front of him/her, or more likely does not even know what what nonsense is being attributed to them. But as long as there are people gullible enough to buy on the say so of rugby / cricket players, newsreaders and the second most trustworthy person in NZ (soon to be displaced by Kim Dotcom) we will have to continue to endure this sort of idiocy.
As regards Jebryll’s contribution I too cannot make up my mind whether this is a clever piece of irony. Could Jebryll please enlighten us?
Kevin has really gone to the dogs, I cant believe he didnt know its very rude to point.
Actually Target has been cancelled after a sponsor pulled out after the carpet cleaner episode, I haven’t seen it reported, but their season has been cut short as a result.
BE: Jeremy, can you email or ring me about this. Cheers. Brian
Target cancelled after carpet episode. OMG. Does Kevin know? Somebody tell him quickly, because if that’s not an opportunity for a carpet sale, I don’t know what is!
Oh shit! I’m heading up with my ladder and test pot of white. How do you spell carpet anyway?
Kevin and Brian…get a room !
No, Rob. Brian and Judy get a room!
Coarse its a pisstake brikky.
Then shudder at this … If ur about 2buy a carpet these guys r worth token2.
While we are on the issue of coorect use of language and punctuation, have you noticed how many people do not know the difference between few and less?
BE: it’s infuriating. Less and less people know the difference. I put it down to fewer education.
Kevin, judging by the majority of the preceding posts, they wouldn’t spot your mistake.
But, for your enlightenment: “your” is the possessive adjective, indicating ownership; and “you’re” is the contraction of “you” and “are”. The two are never interchangeable.
@Joan – also the difference between amount and number; alternate and alternative, and others I’m sure I’ll think of as soon as I have clicked on the post button.
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Yo! Yo! Being a second-year AUT student, a cold shiver went straight down my spine when I first saw this billboard. At first glance, I really thought it was a return to the Bad ol’ Days of balloted conscription.
Why is Kevin behind bars? Did his past catch up with him?
The writer of the copy on the sign needs to go to this website:
@ Clyde. Quite brutal, but true. Weather, the writer knows that he is of the latter, is debateable; but he should make it a practise to use a grammar-check. I think, the copy writer has passed his use-by date. I trust, that he does not take offense, if he reads this post.
Clyde great quote-“Grammar: The difference between knowing your shit and knowing you’re shit.”
Commas, apostrophes and capitalisation are cornerstones of good writing. The latter, in particular, when you are helping your uncle jack off a horse.
@ Cyril. “Commas, apostrophes and capitalisation are cornerstones of good writing. The latter, in particular, when you are helping your uncle jack off a horse.
Why only the “latter”?
Capitalising the ‘j’ will, still, conjure up an unholy notion.
When you are helping your uncle, Jack off a horse. (Stud duty by proxy).
When you are helping your uncle Jack, off a horse.(Giving uncle Jack, a ‘hand’).
I put the blame on poor edumcation.
Baz isnt their a i between the m and c of edumication
No, no and no again Small Toenail: one would not capitalise the verb “to jack off” in that sentence. Once a capital “J” is added, the meaning is clear and unambiguous. Further, no commas necessary in either sentence.