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Apostrophe Ninja

Normally, I’d run a First Book Friday post here.  Alas, I didn’t have one ready.  I’ve got several invitations out, but since I’m not paying for these posts, I don’t feel right setting deadlines or pressuring people who are already taking the time to write something for us.

So then I was going to do a First Book Friday roundup with links back to all the posts.  (The clip show of blogging.)

But then I had another idea.  Since the Writing Reality Check comic was the most popular post I’ve done in months, why not do another comic?  And I knew just the message I wanted to get across.

(Yeah, I don’t think Randall Munroe has anything to fear from me.)

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.



( 33 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 28th, 2011 02:47 pm (UTC)
<3 <3 <3

And when will we be able to buy this on a t-shirt?
Jan. 28th, 2011 02:53 pm (UTC)
I haven't even gotten the 20 Neil Gaiman Facts T-shirt ready yet!

But I'll keep this in mind for when I finally get to the T-shirt item on my To Do List :-)
Jan. 28th, 2011 02:49 pm (UTC)
I comment only to use my icon.

Okay, no, I comment to whine: apostrophes are probably the number one error I get in papers. And yet, when I give quizzes, they know how to use them! Stupid texting conventions. {/cranky English teacher}
Jan. 28th, 2011 02:55 pm (UTC)
I share your crankiness. I don't expect perfect punctuation and grammar online, but sometimes it's just excruciating.
(no subject) - asakiyume - Jan. 28th, 2011 03:59 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 28th, 2011 02:57 pm (UTC)
Jan. 28th, 2011 03:08 pm (UTC)
I could also use a semi-colon and comma ninja sometimes. Just to keep me on the True Path of Writing Excellence. Y'know.
Jan. 28th, 2011 03:09 pm (UTC)
There may be a follow-up to the comic one of these days...
Jan. 28th, 2011 03:25 pm (UTC)
Totally swiped that icon - with credit, of course.

Need one for people who use the wrong "there", "their", "they're", "your", "you're", "whose", "who's", "pair", "pare", "pear", (you get the idea) etc.
Jan. 28th, 2011 03:37 pm (UTC)
Depending on free time and inspiration, there may be follow-up ninjas :-)
(no subject) - hilleviw - Jan. 28th, 2011 05:11 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 28th, 2011 03:25 pm (UTC)
Have you seen the Bob the Angry Flower rant on apostrophes?
Jan. 28th, 2011 03:38 pm (UTC)
Haven't seen that one in a while, but yep, I remember it :-)
Jan. 28th, 2011 03:35 pm (UTC)
I've gotten to the point that I'm able to bite my tongue most of the time when people screw up its and it's (and even when I stumble across the occasional person who, apparently figuring it's better to be consistent than correct, just uses its'), or throw apostrophes into plurals, or whatever.

But more and more I've seen apostrophes sneaking into dates or plural acronyms, even in professionally edited, even in academic texts. People listened to CD's in the 90's? No and no, even if yes.
Jan. 28th, 2011 03:40 pm (UTC)
I can forgive the occasional screw-up. Heck, every once in a while I have to go back and fix my own. Nobody's perfect, right?

But when it's so prevalent, and for some people, so *consistently* screwed up ... then it's ninja time.

And yeah. With professional publications, advertisements, and so on, there's no excuse.
(no subject) - barbarienne - Jan. 28th, 2011 09:10 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Jan. 28th, 2011 03:51 pm (UTC)
That just begs for a little creative graffiti. "Mary Reynold's {TRAINED LEMUR} will be appearing..." or something like that.
(no subject) - asakiyume - Jan. 28th, 2011 04:02 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 28th, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
Now, does apostrophe ninja fling in the apostrophes where they don't belong, or does he GET YOU if you put them in where they don't belong. (I want to know if he's to blame, or if he's my HERO.)
Jan. 28th, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
The latter.

The full narrative was supposed to be:

Panel 1: Some guy updates his facebook page, complete with abused apostrophes

Panel 2: Steel apostrophe shatters monitor

Panel 3: Apostrophe ninja poses like a badass, a warning for all.

But there's only so much I can do with Photoshop, stick figures, and my own limited artistic ability :-)
(no subject) - asakiyume - Jan. 28th, 2011 04:22 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - jimhines - Jan. 28th, 2011 04:31 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 28th, 2011 04:16 pm (UTC)
I've met the Apostrophe Ninja.

Chuck Norris should be afraid.

Jan. 28th, 2011 04:21 pm (UTC)
but Jim, i dont know what your talking about.
Jan. 28th, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
A new challenger, GRAYMARY, has appeared.

Apostrophe Ninja uses BOOT TO THE HEAD.

(no subject) - graymary - Jan. 29th, 2011 02:23 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 28th, 2011 07:21 pm (UTC)
Jan. 28th, 2011 09:46 pm (UTC)
I think his cousin the comma ninja has been hunting me down. If he ever finds me, I suspect I'll end up with many comma shaped holes in my body. Many, many comma shaped holes.
Jan. 29th, 2011 01:17 pm (UTC)
*sings* Comma, comma, comma, comma, comma chameleon.....

Jan. 29th, 2011 01:15 pm (UTC)
They better give the Packer's rule back, then. 12 inches, yardstick, or metric?

And why would a bear want to keep its own drool? Does it collect said drool in a jar, or something?
May. 4th, 2011 04:52 pm (UTC)
Oh man, I LOVE the apostrophe ninja icon. May I use it if I credit you?
May. 4th, 2011 04:56 pm (UTC)
Feel free, and thanks!
(no subject) - butterbobbin - May. 4th, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC) - Expand
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