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[This entry originally appeared on Clare Lynch’s blog, goodcopybadcopy]

Can you see why I get annoyed every time I walk past this plaque? It’s on a house not far from my office and I can see two things wrong with it.

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8 Responses to Spot the mistakes

  1. WillH May 7, 2009 at 6:11 pm #

    Interesting one. I would like a full stop after “rights”, so that might be one?

    An obvious one might be “Women’s”, but that is correct I believe? Plural noun not ending in “s” so requires an apostrophe and an “s”?

    Not an Oxford comma surely?!

  2. Brad Shorr May 7, 2009 at 6:14 pm #

    Clare, I’m embarrassed to say I’m stumped. Can’t wait to find out the answer, though. The “Voted by the People” phrase doesn’t make sense? …

  3. Blake May 7, 2009 at 6:43 pm #

    I agree that “voted by the people” sounds incorrect, but don’t have a ready correction.

    The one that I know is incorrect is the missing serial comma between “teacher” and “and champion.” At least it’s wrong according to most UK style guides, and in this case its absence could create confusion.

  4. Nina May 7, 2009 at 6:45 pm #

    I would say a comma after teacher and a full stop after rights. Also, I would put “people” in lower-case. Voted by the people sounds odd. Did they vote her to be a teacher or maybe a writer? Or do you get voted as a champion? But I bet you mean something completely different?!

  5. Arthur Brash May 7, 2009 at 9:37 pm #

    I believe she is trying to say “Elected by the People.”

  6. Nancy Chang May 8, 2009 at 2:02 am #

    Oh, how well she wrote those women’s rights! And then taught ’em! I must say I love “Voted by the People”!! What or who was voted WHAT? I didn’t realize writers, teachers and champions were elective affairs. Maybe in Southwark. 🙂

  7. Matthew Lynch May 8, 2009 at 3:11 am #

    Should it say Voted by The ‘Sunday’ People instead?

    Seriously though, if they’re going to capitalise the P in People, shouldn’t they also capitalise the T in The?

  8. Dave May 8, 2009 at 1:59 pm #

    why blue?

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