Aug 20, 2011
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Category: z - Miscellanea
A guy at the plant my Dad works at did this, and they were impressed enough to hire him.
He is probably continually rejected for not being able to use apostrophes.
“Despite your companies …” should obviously be “Despite your company’s …”
Dear Apostrophe Man,
Will you marry me?
Regardless of the correction I think the rest of us mouth breathers got the point.
So now that you have found each other does this mean that you are going to leave the rest of us alone?
Or, does it mean you are gonna team up & make our lives even more miserable?
No, they will breed little grammar-nazi children and improve the intelligence quotient of the internet, one correction at a time. KUDOS! Can I be the matron of honor?
Incidentally, Nazi has a capital N. Also, ampersands should not be used in body text.
Suppose to add a comma after best wishes. Comma Woman
Suppose should be “supposed”.
I suppose you are right Mary, thank you for bringing that to my attention! My bad. Please don’t allow me to annoy you, I don’t like to be so controlling. =]
Excuse my ‘faux pas’folks!
“Faux pas” shouldn’t be in quotes. It’s not a so-called faux pas, it’s an actual faux pas. Right?
Final punctuation goes inside quotes:
Suppose should be “supposed.”
Good eye, Mr. Period Man. =]
Is Period Man a name you REALLY want to go by? Maybe something more general like Punctuation Man would work better. That way those of us with immature minds can stop picturing a man with an Aunt Flo.
That isn’t a block quote Period Man. It should be put as a regular quote with single quotes around it.
Ex.: “Suppose should be ‘supposed.’ ”
You should say:
I.e., “Suppose should be ‘supposed.’”
“Ex” is not a standard abbreviation. Also, use a comma after the abbreviation instead of a colon.
I’m sorry, but all prior posters are incorrect. Period Man’s relevant sentence probably ought to be a second sentence in the same paragraph (see below). His choice to format it as a block quote is fine, however. No one noticed that the word “suppose” should have quotation marks around it. Nothing is needed to introduce the second sentence (i.e., ex., or e.g.).
Final punctuation goes inside quotes. The word “suppose” should be “supposed.”
Seriously, “Colon man” ? That’s what you wanna be known as on the internet ?
Sincerely, Grossed Out Guy.
P.S. I’m french and I wouldn’t have made 99% of the mistakes you guys made. For shame.
I think I enjoyed the thread that stemmed from #2 more than the original letter!
Much agreed. : )
fire hot tree pretty
Yes, thank you. I enjoy knowing I’m not the only one to notice these things.
This is great. I’ve had my own experience this year with multiple rejections. I wish I had thought to write a letter like this some months ago.
I really expected this to be signed, “Dwight K. Schrute”.
Wow.. I wouldn’t have the guts to do that
nice idea.Some one should try it and reply the HR’s response here.
I wonder if I can make a joke about “Period Man” without committing a grammar or usage error.
Double Entendre Dude
Actually, Apostrophe Man started all this, not Period Man =]
lmfao! greatest responses ever!
<3 Ecstatic Internet Surfer
Haha I really like the first line of comments :D
Being a fellow apostrophe aficionado, I’m glad this was addressed!
Hey 22, I think thread 1 of these responses could be your next post!
I mean thread 2.
After reading these responses, I believe you all deserve each other…
“I will assume the position in your department”? Great laugh for a recruiter.
I can’t believe I missed that “I will assume the position in your department” comment.
I must be getting old, or it was late at night…
Is this a dating site?
I know I’m a little late here but I can’t ignore the fact that Correct Man has twice erroneously placed punctuation outside a parenthesis when it should be within. In fact, the full stop, or period, occuring after the abbreviation ‘e.g’ is redundant.
As a footnote I understand that contemporary usage omits the final stop in abbreviations, e.g ‘e.g’ although that left me with a problem of terminating the sentence without invalidating the example.
Period Man (sometimes English English, not American English is better) and Correct Man are both incorrect. Mary (aka ‘Annoyed’) was right: “Suppose should be ‘supposed’.” The full-stop falls outside the quotation mark. However, the fact Mary used double inverted commas for “supposed” means, technically, to quote her, I should write, ‘Suppose should be “supposed”.’
It would appear English majors are attracted to rejection letter satire as if such were a sufficiently amusing stage for posing yet more rejections. Obviously none of this lot is busy at work!
I was also attracted to this satire and am very busy being rich, whilst having lots of qualifications in regards to my knowledge of our beautiful language.
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