Saturday, 13 February 2010

Blogger ate my post.... again

Man.  I am so annoyed.  I just wrote a brilliant post criticising (hey!  Four eyes!  Sorry, bad Optical pun for those in the know) the growth in grammar illiteracy that seems to be on the rise - why is it that so many people who write for the public (and by that I mean anybody who can get to the internet) have no idea what they're doing? - and blogger ate it.  I am so annoyed.  Oh yes, I just said that.

Probably just as well, it was getting a little righteous, but when I see "Bored of Sewing" used as a title for a blog which is probably read by gazillions of people, it just makes my blood boil.  Just because you sew or quilt or whatever for a living doesn't mean that you should appear to be ignorant to the rest of the world.

Don't even get me started on those people who can't get "number" versus "amount" right.  For those of you who care, it's simple:  Amount is for money and things that can't be counted, such as "rain", "snow", "air", "time".  Number is for things that can be counted, such as "50 mls of rain fell in less than an hour on Newport last night & my laundry roof is leaking", "52 inches of snow fell on Washington DC last night", "the average human consumes 1 cubic foot of air per minute", and "look at the time, I have to stop writing this shit".  Just kidding.

And did you notice that I used "who", for people, rather than "that"?  That's one of the other ones I hate.  It's right up there with people who can't get "it's" and "its" right.  It's soooo simple.  

Also, I know that there are a few people out there who are going to say "you started a sentence with "and"... well, at least the rest of it is grammatically correct, and so is the spelling*.  

Anyway, rant over.  I got this in the mail this week, from here, one of my favourite Etsy shops:

Dragonfly sashiko sampler kit in white cotton
and I'm going to give it a try - I've never done Sashiko embroidery before, but I'm sure it'll fun - and I'll post a picture of the finished article...

and these: 
PARK SLOPE Coordinate Fabric Set

which are going in the 'do not cut' box, except that I want to make lovely Clare over at Lulu Carter a birthday present, and these are ideal...

And, (there she goes again...) if you're like me and you love 1930's fashion and music, hop over to Gerald Gee, who does the most amazing things with music & photo montages...

Now.  Back to the damp ceiling!

*All you people in the Americas - we don't use the 'z', just like you apparently don't use the toilet.


  1. Blogger ate my comment and I have a healthy drip emanating from my ceiling into a daggy red bucket. Sorry but I'm an apostrophe idiot so don't read my blog. Seriously. Don't go there . .can't spell, can't punctuate, don't care. AND . . I often start sentences with a conjunction . . gives 'em punch! Love the pinks and I'm seriously thinking of buying a sewing machine. I feel the urge to make a quilt.

  2. I can maybe help you out with some suggestion for how to avoid blogger eating your post. But only if you promise not to look to closely at MY grammar! ;-)

    I was educated in the progressive 70s when formal grammar was ditched for being old-fashioned.

    I will now give you the entirety of my English Grammar education.

    Put a capital letter at the beginning of a sentence and a full stop at the end.

    A verb is a doing word.
    An adjective is a describing word.
    A noun is a naming word.

    There you go. All done.

    I did Latin and French in secondary and suddenly discovered that grammar existed!

    I no deez tings iz annoyin, but its not like, you know, that important in the grand scheme of things, if you know what I mean, innit. Cos how you can still read it wiv bad gramma az long az its spelt gooder.

    :D Ducking for cover now!


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