Mighty Red Pen

May 10, 2008

If you think English is hot

Filed under: Perilous punctuation,Wordsworthy — mighty red pen @ 1:07 pm
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MRP has been meaning to post about this for aaages, so it perhaps you’ve already heard of the tiny kerfuffle in Missouri over the typo in their license plates. Hat tip to Watch Yer Language for this little tidbit.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) – Missouri’s Department of Revenue says it will not correct a grammatical error in new license plates because that’s how voters want it to be.

The plates featuring a bluebird are due out in June despite the fact that they’re missing the hyphen between the words “Show” and “Me”.

A spokesman for the revenue department says they won’t correct the mistake because that’s how it looked when voters chose it in an online contest.

Here’s the offending license plate:


Be sure to check out Watch Yer Language if you haven’t already. Blogger Craig Lancaster is an editor for the Billings Gazette. He often interviews other bloggers who blog on the same topic.

Because you can’t have read too many word nerd blogs, MRP will also direct you to another pair to check out. One is Editrix, a blog for “anyone who thinks English is hot” (and who doesn’t, really?). She also runs an occasional interview feature called “Five Question with . . .” The other is Word Wise, by PR professional Dan Santow, who blogs about “writing tips for public relations professionals – and for people everywhere.” I took that to mean me, and probably also you.


1 Comment »

  1. Hey, thanks for the link! I’ve reciprocated.

    Comment by Editrix — May 12, 2008 @ 10:26 am | Reply

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