Answering Questions Asked Through Google XIX

Two quick questions today, and none are related to movie celebrities!

“where can i find mike hirst lyrics”?

Try scribd. Try hirstmusic.com, where you can also get the music. For free. Gotta love the internet. And the creative commons approach to copyright. Yay!

“which is correct going-ons or goings-on”?

Goings-on.

When two words are hyphenated, the noun gets the plural s (passers-by). When neither of the words are nouns, just put the plural s in the end (go-betweens).

That’s the lesson for today! Class dismissed.

GrammarNazis

Okay, I have a bit of a GrammarNazi-side to me, I admit it. I deeply enjoy every single Engrish thing I can find, I hurt when I see misplaced apostrophes and am subscribed to various blogs, which fulfill my need to laugh about those mistakes and misunderstandings.

But this might take it a bit too far: Two guys, calling themselves the Typo Eradication Advancement League, travelled across the US in the course of three months, with the goal to mend all public typos.

All was chronicled on a blog, of course, which turned out to be their downfall when it was discovered by investigators in the case of a defaced historic hand-painted sign at the Grand Canyon. (Crime solved by Googling.) After pleading guilty to conspiracy to vandalize government property—they had relocated a wayward apostrophe and inserted a comma—the young grammarians were barred from national parks for a year. [quote from the above link]

I don’t know, what I find weirder: that there’s actually a charge of “conspiracy to vandalize government property” or that this crime was solved by googling…

Reading List, for those of you interested:

Apostrophe Abuse
Apostrophism
Crummy Church Signs
Curious Signs
English Fail Blog
Engrish.com
GrammarBlog
Grammar Vandal
Literally
lowercase L
Silly Signs
That’s Punny
The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks

I’m sure there are many more. You’re welcome to leave links in the comment section. :)