To all candidates: Do not say I did not give you fair warning

Sign Wars

When it comes to elections, this is my nails-on-a-chalkboard issue.  If you place campaign signs, send out mail pieces, give out bumper stickers or buttons, or create any other written campaign materials, please get someone who knows how to write to proofread it before you go to print.

I promise you that if I see grammatically incorrect campaign materials, I am writing a hit piece about your campaign even if I support you.  There is no excuse for crappy campaigning except that you really do not care enough to do it right.  Therefore, you have no business being elected to public office.

Let me say this.  It is June 7; June 7, 2016; or 6-7-2016.  It is NEVER, NEVER, EVER June 7th, or worse yet, June 7th, 2016.  If you are so damn stupid that you do not know the difference between cardinal and ordinal numbers, and when to use them correctly, you do not deserve to be elected to any office.  This is sixth grade English for crying out loud!

And for those running for school board, if you cannot write a grammatically correct ballot statement, you have no business having anything to do with educating our children.  I’m serious.  Expect a negative article about your campaign.

Remember, June 7, June 7, June 7 . . . June 7.  That is not so difficult, now is it?

7 thoughts on “To all candidates: Do not say I did not give you fair warning

    • You made me check my post! Autocorrect is forever changing its to it’s. I try to catch it, but some times I miss. The other day it kept changing Attorneys to attornies. Even autocorrect is illiterate at times.

    • It is “June 8th” when you say it and it is “June 8” when you write it.

  1. Of course the difference between June 7 and June 7th is what is called a convention. And convensions can change. I remember the Chicago Tribune in the 1970’s challenging the New York Times’ conventions on grammar and spelling. Of course, the New York Times won.

    • I have a very hard time with AP style versus the Chicago Manual of Style. Examiner wants us to use AP style for consistency as well as Google ranking. I find that I tend to end up with more of a hybrid because I cannot remember AP style without looking it up. And certain things with both are very different than what we learned in high school English, especially when writing newspaper columns.

      I once got into an argument with an Examiner editor over the length of paragraphs. She said that paragraphs are one or two sentences. I said that one sentence is a sentence and two sentences comprise a paragraph. AP agreed with me and she had to correct her instructions to writers.

  2. That is one thing I accepted from journalism. A two sentence paragraph in a collumn looks very long. So a six sentence paragaph in a term paper would be three paragraphs in a newspapper.

    Then again, if you are writing a term paper in a newspaper, no one is going to read it anyway.

    Which is why I am suggesting that you not be a school marm on form, but stick to incongruancies in content.

    Of course, tht Needles marijuna guy exceeds the limits.

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