The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

1 June 2008

A suggestion from the field

Humongous middle-of-page rotating banner at NewsOK today: "What does it take to fire a public school teacher in Oklahoma?"

NewsOK banner

How about, oh, evidence that the teacher in question approved of syntax like "View the list of Oklahoma teacher's with revoked licenses since 2003," as seen in a NewsOK rotating banner?

Posted at 2:18 PM to Say What? , Soonerland

As an elementary school teacher, it drives me crazy to see common errors like that in print and on TV. It appears that more and more people are simply using spell check instead of properly proofreading what they write.

I never seemed to notice such things before I started teaching...

Posted by: Scooby214 at 4:46 PM on 1 June 2008

The wet spring has led to an abundant harvest at the apostrophe farms.

Posted by: Brian J. at 5:22 PM on 1 June 2008

At first I thought you were complaining about the way the sentence was constructed. Only on a second examination did I spot the erroneous apostrophe. And now I see you added a comma, and put it inside the quotation marks. I don't think an errant apostrophe is justification for firing a teacher, but putting in a comma that wasn't there, well now, that's grounds for disbarment.

Still, it's the overall sentence structure that kills me.

Posted by: Charles Pergiel at 7:19 PM on 1 June 2008

This is an instance when the common British usage, which puts the comma on the outside of the quotation marks inverted commas, makes more sense than the usual American stick-'em-on-the-inside-regardless practice. In the early days of this site, I stuck doggedly (woof) to the British standard; I have been admittedly somewhat inconsistent lately.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:25 PM on 1 June 2008
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