Mighty Red Pen

September 13, 2009

On the wrong track: personal vs personnel

Filed under: Grammar goddess,Overseen,Uncategorized — mighty red pen @ 12:08 pm
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While waiting at New York’s Penn Station for the train back to Boston, I spotted this little tidbit. It made me really regret not bringing my camera along for the day so that you could also experience the total awesomeness of this wrong word choice:

Passengers and their personnel items may be randomly selected for screening and inspection. Please be aware of the gap between the train and stations.

Okay, here’s the deal: use personnel if you mean the folks who work for an organization, and use personal if you mean something that belongs or relates to a person. Bonus points to any readers out there who make it their personal mission to get a photo of this sign.

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