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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Today in Discouraging

Posted by on Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 3:50 PM

It makes me very sad to see how many people in comments on this week's Capitol Hill hamburger joint reviews cannot spot the error in the motto quoted here:

Blue Moon Burgers (523 Broadway E, 325-2000)

The Broadway Blue Moon Burgers is the newest of three locations in a locally owned mini-chain, and it feels slick enough for the mall, but not repellently prefab. The motto is right on the front door: "Helping people feel good about bad choices, its what we do." They may not be great with punctuation, but...

There is one seemingly obvious, indisputable mistake, and another thing that is arguably wrong (and at least suboptimal). To what is the world coming?!*

*I am aware that the grammatical dictate leading to this twisted construction is a matter of some debate. It's a joke! Thanks!

 

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1
The colon?
Posted by steakhaus on March 27, 2012 at 3:55 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 2
Um, the person writing the last sentence originally spoke and wrote in German?

I've seen far worse.

Me have already viewed much more badly.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on March 27, 2012 at 3:57 PM · Report this
3
Apostrophe crime of the most common variety: 'Its/It's'
Posted by Proteus on March 27, 2012 at 4:00 PM · Report this
Mattini 4
The what that belongs to the bad choices is being done.
Posted by Mattini on March 27, 2012 at 4:10 PM · Report this
5
What @3 said. And Bethany, with regard to your final sentence, there are many much less awkward ways to avoid ending sentences with prepositions. For instance, "What is the world coming to, bitches?"
Posted by Eric from Boulder on March 27, 2012 at 4:11 PM · Report this
6
@#3 More often seen the other way around - as with iOS's autocorrect, which insists there's no such word as "its".
Posted by Warren Terra on March 27, 2012 at 4:12 PM · Report this
7
@#5
As Churchill famously minuted to an aide that had corrected his prose to remove a dangling preposition: "This is an imposition up with which I will not put!"
Posted by Warren Terra on March 27, 2012 at 4:13 PM · Report this
rob! 8
"Repellent..." vs. "repellant..."
Posted by rob! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZBdUceCL5U on March 27, 2012 at 4:24 PM · Report this
Mrs. Robinson 9
Meh. I still smoked Winston cigarettes. And, I'd probably still eat the burgers.
Posted by Mrs. Robinson on March 27, 2012 at 4:38 PM · Report this
seandr 10
I just can't get worked up over "it's" vs. "its". It's such a trivial error, and very easy to make even if you know the rule.

However, you can't just smoosh two sentences together with a comma and call them one. That's fucked up.
Posted by seandr on March 27, 2012 at 4:46 PM · Report this
11
It's the apostasy at the end and the collocate in the middle, not to mention the ardvaarkial propositions in the first third.

Jesus.
Posted by Paddy Mac on March 27, 2012 at 5:00 PM · Report this
blip 12
The missing apostrophe is the least of its worries. Everything about that sentence is terrible, from its construction to its conceit. "Helping people feel good about [stroke, heart disease, and type II diabetes]." Jerks!
Posted by blip on March 27, 2012 at 5:08 PM · Report this
Dougsf 13
If you can spot more than one error in their original sentence, you're twice as likely to fry something in duck fat that ought not be or add truffle oil to something that never asked for it.

I do not require that my burger be prepared by someone with perfect grammar. I'd almost prefer it not be.
Posted by Dougsf on March 27, 2012 at 5:14 PM · Report this
Dougsf 14
And since it took me a second, one thousand points to @1.
Posted by Dougsf on March 27, 2012 at 5:16 PM · Report this
WFM 15
There looser's!
Posted by WFM on March 27, 2012 at 5:22 PM · Report this
16
Your so write. There basic tenant is wrong, but there unphased.
Posted by crone on March 27, 2012 at 5:35 PM · Report this
Pmasp 17
People like you discussed me. You are all diluted.
Posted by Pmasp on March 27, 2012 at 7:10 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 18

Slick enough for the mall...don't make me laugh!

So now the Mall is just as good as the City!

I'll save my train fare for a fine beer and have a great burger at Wild Wheat or Cal's American at Kent Station, thank you very much...or maybe just get a great weinersnitchel at the Berliner Pub in Renton (can you say larger...real german larger?)
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://www.you-read-it-here-first.com on March 27, 2012 at 7:43 PM · Report this
BLUE 19
The indisputable mistake is their sign. Bad bad bad!

The burgers are mistaken mistakes but not indisputably so.
Posted by BLUE on March 27, 2012 at 10:12 PM · Report this
20
lol! ur so right, omg;!;!!!!
Posted by Snobbery on March 27, 2012 at 10:29 PM · Report this
21
@18: Grösser. But I'm not sure what your point is.
Posted by FeralTurnip on March 27, 2012 at 11:12 PM · Report this
22
Comma splice.
Posted by Qaraghandy on March 28, 2012 at 6:19 AM · Report this

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