You write the top, I’ll write the bottom

In this episode of “You Write the Top, I’ll Write the Bottom,” we see the results of disagreement in the correct abbreviation of pounds:

fp lb lbs

So, which is correct and why are they the same? Most authorities would side with lb., without the S. Why are there two versions of the abbreviation? Because this is ‘Nuf said.

Flipping out over flip-flops

I flipped out when I read about my favorite designer shoes on Yahoo! Shine.  According to the writer, they look like a couple of nickels:

They look like chump change? Not like something you could buy with chump change (which is a small or trifling sum of money), but the actual change itself? Hmmmm. Interesting, but totally inappropriate, choice of words.

I should have stopped reading right there. But I was so intrigued by the writer’s inability to use English, and yet collect money (maybe chump change) for writing in English, that I continued on. Big mistake. The next paragraph included a missing hyphen, a misplaced hyphen (it should be Jackson Pollock-type), and a homophonic error. (A carat is used to measure gems, not gold. The gold standard is a karat.) And again with an incorrect word:  The conservation organization is the World Wildlife Fund:

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