Plastic cutting Matt

Poor Matt! When I read this on Yahoo! Makers I thought the writer was using plastic to cut Matt:

matt diy 1

It makes no sense, but that’s immaterial to Yahoo!. And in case you thought that was a typo, the writer thoughtfully provides another misspelling of what I now believe should be mat:

matt diy 2

The inability to spell a simple word isn’t the writer’s only issue. There’s the misspelled trademark Post-it and a mysterious comma. But my favorite has to be who’s (which is short for who is or who has) instead of whose and the image of a name attached to a forehead:

whos name matt diy

Whose name is attached to their forehead? Must be Matt’s!

2 Responses to “Plastic cutting Matt”

  1. Robert A. C Says:

    “the one ………attached to their forehead.” Should be his forehead.

  2. Laura Says:

    Absolutely, strictly speaking, prescriptivist grammarians would say you are correct. But for many years, “they,” “their,” and “them” have been acceptable in informal writing when the gender of the antecedent of the pronoun is not known or irrelevant. Because the English language doesn’t have a gender-neutral singular pronoun to refer to people, “they,” “their,” and “them” are considered preferable to the so-called sexist “he,” “his,” and “him” and to contrivances like “he/she” and “(s)he” and “s/he.” But, in general, most experts would urge writers to avoid, if possible, the use of “they” for a single person by rewriting. Some writers go so far as to use female pronouns exclusively or alternate between female and male pronouns.

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