Hat tip to K-Bro, who sent along this little tidbit spotted at her workplace. Oh, where to begin?
There’s a general problem with the awkwardness of the sentence Join us in this celebration by having our own potluck and there is the problem with Participation in the potluck are for those who bring a dish instead of Participation in the potluck is for those who bring a dish.
But K-Bro was quick to point out the odd ellipsis in the middle of the first sentence, asking “Is that even right?” (The answer to that is no, an ellipsis has three dots, not unlimited dots, and also I would agree that this isn’t the best placement for it but I think it’s a sort of design choice rather than a punctuational one.)
But, oh, the misplaced apostrophe in ’Tis. MRP is sensing a trend that doesn’t fill me holiday cheer. Check out this mailing I received just the day before I got K-Bro’s missive:
Okay, here’s the deal. ’Tis is an abbreviation for it is. As such, the apostrophe replaces the missing letter, which is i. Therefore, the apostrophe goes before tis. Not after it. Where it makes no sense. So stop doing that.