Mighty Red Pen

June 17, 2008

Get’r? I hardly knew’r!

Filed under: Apostrophe catastrophe,Grammar goddess — mighty red pen @ 7:45 pm
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MRP hearts homemade flyers. For real.

So check it out. We’ve got a little parallel construction problem that should say Licensed & Insured, for starters. Also, another little problem that should either say “10+ years of expertise” or “10+ years’ expertise” (and I’m going to question this use of expertise versus experience, but that might be splitting hairs).

But my favorite part of this flyer has got to be “We Get’r Done!” I’m thinking get’r is a poor contraction for get her but what would we get her done mean in the context of home improvement? Is get’r a weird play on gutter

Also, and I know MRP is a family blog (so little ones, cover your eyes), but when you take “We Get’r Done!” together with “We’re in & out!” you’ve got to wonder if this little flyer is really as innocent as it seems.

Hat tip to Lee.



  1. “Her” is the task at hand.

    No matter which context–home improvement, military, whatever.

    (I’d never heard of the sexual context, but it is there, I discover just now.)

    The Urban Dictionary has “getter”–but that’s weird to me. (it also has, apparently, “get ‘er done.” )

    It’s so definitely a contraction, and the “her” choice of pronoun (instead of “it” and “him” ) I always thought came from the simply fact that it’s easier to pronounce than “get ‘im”, and there is no contraction for “it” and “get it” is kind of awkward.

    Plus, the personification has a nice feel to it.

    I’d have wanted to write it “get ‘er done.”

    But here is how Larry The Cable Guy spells it:
    and his fan-club site is: http://www.gitrdone.com/ (but hyphens on the site itself–I guess hyphens don’t work well in URLs? Or they decided not to confuse people by putting them in?)

    Comment by TootsNYC — June 18, 2008 @ 10:07 am | Reply

  2. “No time for the old in-out, love, I’ve just come to read the meter!”

    Comment by tk. — June 18, 2008 @ 1:00 pm | Reply

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