Another Reason Grammar is Important

Take a look at this picture and see if you can tell me what’s wrong.

Catch it?  Yes, this carpeting store has made one of the lethal writing mistakes – confusing ‘to’ and ‘too.’  Many out there think writing rules are only to obeyed at the writer’s leisure, this is not one of them.  Instead of telling the world that they can handle any size job, they are sending a different message altogether.  If taken literally the sign now tells the world, “We can’t deal with small jobs or large jobs”  or  “Midgets and giants look elsewhere.”  They are also advertising that they don’t pay attention to details.  Who know what little things they might overlook when installing your carpet!

I guess what bothers me most is that no one at the carpet store OR the sign shop bothered to check and double-check if the sign was correct.   The “to vs. too” error is one of the holy trinity of errors that must be avoided at all costs.  The other two are confusing “your vs you’re” and “there, they’re, and their.”

What is this world coming to?

If you are going to make a sign, have someone with a brain read it first!


About Jodi

Jodi L. Milner is a writer, mandala enthusiast, and educator. Her epic fantasy novel, Stonebearer’s Betrayal, will be published November 2018 by Immortal Works Press. She has been published in several anthologies. When not writing, she can be found folding children and feeding the laundry, occasionally in that order.
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20 Responses to Another Reason Grammar is Important

  1. Erm… but how can they read it first, if you’re only GOING to make it? Sigh.
    Sorry, couldn’t help myself.
    Of course I agree.

  2. nrhatch says:

    Your write.

    Their is truth too you’re post.

    People which doesn’t pay attention too detales . . . there apt too make other mistakes in they’re lives to.


  3. While I agree that grammar is important, I don’t really agree with the seniment that the most important aspect of this sign is its grammar.

    In an ideal world, literacy education would be such that nobody would make grammar errors, but in the scope of grammar mistakes, this one sign in a carpenter’s is pretty irrelevant. If he’s a wonderful tradesmen and carpente,r, then I couldn’t care less about his grammar – and I don’t think that anybody who reads the sign would take the grammatically correct interpretation as a literal statement on the business, to do so would be facile.

    • tsuchigari says:

      All I’m saying is that with a first impression you better come out looking good. I’m sure that they are professionals and are very good with carpet, but with the sign I have a reason to doubt that I wouldn’t have had before.

  4. Agatha82 says:

    How funny, my eyes at first, saw nothing wrong, then I saw it…oops

    Yeah, that would bug me, their lack of attention to detail, it would make me think twice about using them.

    • tsuchigari says:

      I’m sure it was one of those honest mistakes, with the new opening of the store there was probably thousands of things that needed to get done and this one sign got overlooked. But still…

  5. cubbageg says:

    Well…I know you read my blog, so you know I love intricacies of spelling and usage and the many clever jokes they let you play, but I do have to play the devil’s advocate and point out that fully standardized spelling is only a couple centuries old in English literature. Milton, Pope, Shakespeare, and many other top-shelf authors of the Dead White Males canon were famously bad spellers, and their point did still get across.

    Depending on what you believe about their personal lives, of course, I probably wouldn’t hire any of them to install my carpet.

  6. cassim says:

    another pet peeve of mine is the misuse of further and farther. lay and lie.

  7. jenniferneri says:

    lol – very cute! thanks.

  8. Whilst/while is another pair that often confuses me

  9. oldancestor says:

    Man, I just spent 8 hours dealing with crap like that.

    In the words of the legendary Bruce Campbell, playing Ashley in the first Evil Dead movie, “Why are you torturing me like this? Why?”

  10. I absolutely agree that grammar is important in all forms of writing. What really irks me is to see errors in newspapers and magazines.

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