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May 08, 2009

’Eats, Shoots & Leaves’ was right

Commas make all the difference.

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Rolley Haggard

I like the guy who told the interviewer he had “an inept ability to work with people.”

Some other favorites (though not connected with job applications) –

The hospital staffer who labeled a specimen bottle “Potable Urine Sample”.

The medical transcriptionist who warned that the patient might be “impudent” after prostate surgery.

The grammatically-challenged sign painter who produced this enigma –
“MEET MEAT MEETS MEATS” (“Meet me at Meetz Meats”).

Which puts me in mind of this final gem, taken four months ago at a local hamburger joint right down the road from where I work -- http://usera.imagecave.com/wwwuuwuu/Camden%20BK.jpg

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it once – “Fight Ingorance!”


Reader's Digest had one a while ago about the nurse that had transcribed a doctor's recorded comments that a patient had "Phallenphrometry."

When asked for clarification, the doctor said the patient had "fallen from a tree."

Jason Taylor

Rolley, if "knowledge is power" then presumeably fighting ignorance is fighting lack of power which is kind of unsporting isn't it?

Rolley Haggard

Travis, either way, it sure sounded painful.

Jason, take a second look at my spelling. And then forgive me for shamelessly luring you into the trap. (Talk about “unsporting”. Your sixth sense got me there. But don’t worry, I’m doing penance by sitting in the corner with my nose to the wall. Yes, it’s a swivel chair. Why?)

Rachel Coleman

Gina, my English grammar students thank you. Probably.

Dan Gill

I was in a writing group once, and we decided that one member's motto was "Commas are a sign of weakness!"

Steve (SBK)

"Commas, a sign of weakness" :P

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