Love the Way We Bitch

Archives | RSS

Angry? Mad as hell and you can't take it anymore? Get something off your chest and it could be published online and/or in print. Bitches are anonymous and may be edited for length, grammar, spelling and our lenient standards of propriety.

Submit a Bitch

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Grammar Glitches Become My Bitches

Posted on Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Before you say, "Who cares?" let me say, "I know no one cares." (about the English language except a few of us) but couldn't people, especially those who are spokespeople or journalists, just clean up on a couple of things to start with: Do "amount of people" and "less people" really have to sneak in to common usage? The countable/non-countable rule is so simple and lovely. If you can count the word, use "number of people" and "fewer people." And HRM, how much did you pay the person to create the slogan "Drive Wiser" now advertising our hickishness all across the McDonald bridge? "Wiser" is the comparative form of the adjective "wise" and is used to describe a noun. "Drive" is not a noun; it is a verb so, as the grammatically correct "Drive More Wisely" slogan doesn't pack that much punch, the person being paid to create something catchy should have been sent back to the drawing board. —"Beautiful English" Pedant

Support The Coast

At a time when the city needs local coverage more than ever, we’re asking for your help to support independent journalism. We are committed as always to providing free access to readers, particularly as we confront the impact of COVID-19 in Halifax and beyond.

Read more about the work we do here, or consider making a donation. Thank you for your support!

Comments (22)

Add a comment

Add a Comment

Get more Halifax

Our Thursday email gets you caught up with The Coast. Sign up and go deep on Halifax.