Mighty Red Pen

October 31, 2006

Ghoulish grammar

Filed under: At home with MRP,Grammar goddess — mighty red pen @ 12:42 am

A very special Halloween edition of the Red Pen.

This year, we were the victims of a charming Halloween tradition of which MRP was not previously aware. Toilet papering the trees? Got that. Egging the front door? Got that. Did anyone else have “Cabbage Night”? Well, got that, too.

No, this year we were ghosted.


I think it will be fairly obvious what has stricken fear in the heart of MRP: The threat of  “10 year’s of ghoulish bad luck”!

We didn’t ghost it forward, as it were — I hope that doesn’t mean that we’ll now be afflicted with apostrophe atrophy.

Happy halloween! 



  1. What, no diatribe about the obviously incorrect transformation of a noun into a verb? You’ve been GHOSTED? What kind of a verb is that? Same goes for an often said but incorrectly used would-be word ‘videoed.’ Did the show get videoed? No, jackass, it got videotaped, it got recorded.

    And what about ‘YOU’VE?’ It’s not a proper conjunction, I don’t care on whose license plate it is.

    Comment by krodamai — October 31, 2006 @ 7:16 am | Reply

  2. You’ve been ghosted eh? Well I think you know who you’re gonna call.
    -Sorry it had to be said.-

    Comment by The Mole — November 1, 2006 @ 6:26 pm | Reply

  3. Bush is forever saying that democracies do not invade other countries and start wars. Well, he did just that. He invaded Iraq, started a war, and killed people. What do you think? How does that work in a democracy again? How does being more threatening make us more likeable?Isn’t the country with
    the most weapons the biggest threat to the rest of the world? When one country is the biggest threat to the rest of the world, isn’t that likely to be the most hated country?
    Our country is in debt until forever, we don’t have jobs, and we live in fear. We have invaded a country and been responsible for thousands of deaths.
    We have lost friends and influenced no one. No wonder most of the world thinks we suck. Thanks to what george bush has done to our country during the past three years, we do!

    Comment by Antibush — February 15, 2007 @ 3:47 am | Reply

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