Bored with grammar

Apparently writers at Yahoo! Shine are bored with using correct English, correct spelling, and correct punctuation:

burts bees

If you think “are bored of ” sounds right to you, you should read what the American Heritage Dictionary says:

If an activity or experience starts to bore you, are you bored by it, bored of it, or bored with it? All three constructions are common in informal writing and speech, but they enjoy different degrees of acceptance. … In our 2012 survey, the sentences I’m getting bored with this lecture series and I’m getting bored by this lecture series were accepted by 93 percent and 88 percent of our Usage Panel, respectively. By contrast, only 24 percent of the Panelists found I’m getting bored of this lecture series at least somewhat acceptable.

In an article about Burt’s Bees, this writer can’t even spell the brand. This so-called professional also thinks it’s okie-dokie to use quotation marks after so-called. It’s not.

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5 Responses to “Bored with grammar”

  1. ericjbaker Says:

    I could of written a better sentence. And that wasn’t even the worse thing they ever posted.

    So, do you think my writing sample above is sufficient to gain employment as a Yahoo! writer? I think it fits their so-called voice perfectly.

    • Laura Says:

      I don’t know. You may be overqualified. You wrote two sentences and both started with a capital letter and ended with a period. That puts you far ahead of their current staff. You might even be management material.

  2. lectorconstans Says:

    Ah, youth – the one bright hope for the future.


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