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Re: the grammar of spam

My pet peeve lately has been the inappropriate use of the possessive form of a noun instead of the plural form. I just received an email yesterday from Phase One, the digital back makers, with the following heading:

Capture One 4: Working with the Pro's


I notice this particular mistake popping up quite frequently on the internet. I guess good grammar is optional nowadays. One clue might be the answer I received from my youngest daughter the other night when I asked her if she knew the difference between an infinitive and a gerund. She replied that she had no idea what either word meant. She is a freshman in high school at an ostensibly good school. I have a feeling some of her teachers might have the same response to my question.

I just realized I sound like a curmudgeon. Oh well, maybe the world is really going to hell in a handbasket.


On Oct 6, 2007, at 1:53 PM, Judy Seigel wrote:

I have been mocked (or praised?) on this very list as grammarian, (or maybe it was "goddess of between you and me"?), but I share this off-topic topic as not entirely frivolous....

AFAIK, no bank or reputable business e-mails customers about anything, let alone asks them to "sign in" with their credentials (my husband's bank phones if there's a question). But I have never seen any communication from a legitimate institution, financial or otherwise, not in proper
business English.

The following, in my queue today, is NOT a joke, as the rest of the pitch was obviously serious. Some people must bite, or they wouldn't bother (would they)? So grammar isn't all snobbery (just the fun part).

Anyway, for the general amusement:

"We've designed our service to ensure that all our customer are
assured and protected. To this notification you are required to
validate your profile to enable us serve you more better. Sign In to
start the validation process."

(next, about my darkroom)