Beautiful balcony’s

Grammar hiccup of the day goes to…


  1. Anonymous
    20 Feb 13
    10:56 am

  2. That mistake always bugs me! I can tolerate its/it’s, but seriously, balcony’s? Balcony’s what?

  3. Groucho
    20 Feb 13
    11:09 am

  4. …………and spelling hiccup of the day goes to the person who wrote ‘grammer” instead of ‘grammar’

  5. Anonymous
    20 Feb 13
    11:18 am

  6. “Grammer” hiccup of the day goes to… mumbrella.

  7. Robin Hicks
    20 Feb 13
    11:39 am

  8. That, Groucho, would be me. I’ve now corrected the typo, but for the record I am suitably red-faced.

    Robin – Mumbrella

  9. Caroline
    20 Feb 13
    2:50 pm

  10. I hate this one. What an eyesore. So is the building.

  11. John Grono
    20 Feb 13
    2:52 pm

  12. Only a myoclonic jerk would make that mistake.

  13. Woff
    20 Feb 13
    2:58 pm

  14. At least for consistency make it courtyard’s :-)

  15. Jenna
    20 Feb 13
    3:03 pm

  16. Isn’t Mumbrella going to say anything about the misuse by a number of companies of the word compliment and complement? Virgin is notorius for this.

    I compliment you but you give me a complementary meal, flight, whatever. Now I’ve raised it look around – there are loads of others.

  17. George C
    20 Feb 13
    3:28 pm

  18. Indeed, Groucho, Mumbrella is always likely to be on shaky ground when highlighting such issues, given their own standards in this regard.

    Ironically, though, this would appear to be more specifically an error in punctuation rather than grammar.

  19. George C
    20 Feb 13
    3:32 pm

  20. Their, there, they’re, Robin. There’s no need to be embarrased. I’ve made the same error in the past two. In fact, we all make error’s from time to time. After all, where only human.

  21. Mark W
    20 Feb 13
    4:01 pm

  22. While you’re at it, let Adam Zwar star rather than stare in the Q&A piece intro :)

  23. Joey P
    20 Feb 13
    4:05 pm

  24. Aaahhhh…using the old apostrophe to make a word plural.

    I don’t know how many times I’ve seen that. Even Coles had it emblazoned across instore POS recently…it had 100’s instead of 100s.

    By the way, it’s neither a grammar or punctuation error…it’s just a bloody typo!

  25. Honey
    20 Feb 13
    4:16 pm

  26. It’s only a typo if you know it’s a mistake…

  27. George C
    20 Feb 13
    4:24 pm

  28. That’s very generous of you, Joey P.

    BTW – Apparently their real name is not even Coles. They actaually started out simply as Cole, but became affectionately known as Cole’s (before coincidentally joining forces with Myer’s). When Wesfarmers (they are actually Wesfarmers, not Wesfarmer) took them over they realised they could save a bundle in signage costs by dropping them apostrophe from the name, thus enabling them to periodically double their fuel discount, charge a dollar for milk, hire semi-literate POS people, etc.

  29. martin
    20 Feb 13
    5:18 pm

  30. George C, when i red your’e second comment it made my face hurt, Butt twas funny.

  31. Groucho
    20 Feb 13
    6:45 pm

  32. Well Robin it was very kind of you not to post my first attempt to post where I too made a mistake. When I was at school, a long time ago, we would both have got a rap on the knuckles with a ruler. For making the apostrophe error probably the cane.

  33. Guenevere
    21 Feb 13
    2:06 pm

  34. It is deplorable that not only has our knowledge and use of our own language and vocabulary severely suffered, but texting has taught school children that it is ok when the RTA uses it on signage (when we are not supposed to take our eyes off the road); it’s rampant. It’s omnipresent and becoming more widely accepted and becoming accepted as part of our everyday communication. It isn’t just punctuation, or grammar, or even spelling. It is about taking the time and trouble to ensure we are correct in the first place. This is why we have human proof readers and editors – not auto complete and online spellcheck – those electronic devices do not understand either the context of the word in question or the author’s meaning. Also watch for dictionaries that Americanise that which we write in Australian English. Oh yes, reading more widely would be a huge help – across all generations.

  35. Penguin Alert
    22 Feb 13
    9:42 am

  36. Real estate people love their apostrophes. And Putting Proper Caps on things that Should Not Have them. And writing “sort-after”. And blocks of centred type. And replacing the sky with a glue gradient in property photos.

  37. Triscott Humberstone
    28 Feb 13
    3:30 pm

  38. So many TV presenters or programme hosts say “bought” instead of “brought”. Also annoying is “it’s a hard road to travel” correct version is “it’s a hard row to hoe”. It’s great to have the forum for us, the public, to have these inputs (or should it be input’s or inputs’s???).

  39. Triscott Humberstone
    28 Feb 13
    3:33 pm

  40. Groucho (above) has a point. At school we used to have to write out the corrected error at least one hundred times. Good way of donging things into the brain, I say.