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Saturday, June 29, 2002
It's still not a possessive pronoun.

At Nota Bene, the most common error committed by Catholic bloggers rears its ugly head again.

"Its not just us"

Friday, June 28, 2002
not really a cardinal sin ...

Verus Ratio makes its first appearance on this blog.

"It appears to be some sort of series of children's tapes."
"That's my idea of childrens' programming. "
Since children is plural, it should be children's.

"Also listed is Roger Cardinal Mahoney."
For the gazillionth time, it's Mahony.
Also, that form is only for use in official Church settings.
The name should be Cardinal Roger Mahony.
Likewise, "Bernard Cardinal Law" and "John Cardinal O'Connor" are incorrect.

"... its Smokey The Bear uniforms."
This is a correct use of the possessive pronoun, but the name is simply Smokey Bear.

".. generatios of Palestinians ..."
:..."the prevert priest issue ..."

Yahoo! ... a musical interlude

A couple of everyday errors appear at "St. Cecilia was here":
" ... they're pricy and bulky ..."
"probably one of trhose ..."

Here's something new:
A "Yahoo!" toolbar appears in this post, but the link is malformed:

Thursday, June 27, 2002
2 out of 3 ain't bad, but ...

It's still a contraction.

Thanks go to the lovely and talented Amy Welborn for linking to a new member of St. Blog's,
"life with st. francis desales".

"I'd say it's about time."
"It's like setting our goals high ..."

" ... say its all the responsibility of my Bishop or priest ..."
(I wouldn't have capitalized "bishop", but I'll let it slide.)

"Does that sound wierd or pompous? "
No, but it sure looks weird.

"Practising that outward devotion ..."
This looks like it could be a Canadian or British spelling, but we Yanks spell the word "practicing".

"Our jouney ..."

"How many people do you know that are miserable in their employment."
Yes, this is the third time I've noticed a period in place of a question mark recently.

I replaced you.

The link to "cacciaguida" is labeled "Caccuaguida" in "SOME CATHOLIC BLOGS".

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

The end of this post by Anthony Marquis is simply priceless.

"I think that they very reasons ..."

"I am not a constitutional lawyer or scholar ..."
Neither are milllions of citizens, but many of us know about the Fair Use Doctrine.

Wednesday, June 26, 2002
Simon says: "Commas are free."

The Republican nominee for Governor of California is named Bill Simon.
The Elephant writes:
"COPS the second largest police union in the state, which endorsed Gray Davis in the last election has chosen to back
Bill Simonin this one."
Also, the sentence should end "in this one." or "this time.".

second time in about a week I've seen this error - a question ends in a question mark, simple as that:
"Why do I love the fact that Bethpage hosted the U.S. Open."

why it pays to read this blog

Gerard Serafin has added the new blog at Diocese Report,
but apparently didn't read my earlier post carefully, if at all.
I have no idea where "Bruce" came from.

"Diocese Report - Altoona-Johnston Diocese exposed - Bruce Barcaro**NEW** "

proofreading English text is enough work for me, thank you

Another new Catholic blog has flown in under the radar of Gerard Serafin - "the reader".

I'll steer clear of the Spanish there, but there's a little boo-boo in this post.

"Thanks to Cacciaguida for digging up this reponse ..."

Tuesday, June 25, 2002
Diocese Retort

Wonder of wonders - it appears that I have found a Catholic blog not yet listed by Gerard Serafin.

The new blog is at Diocese Report.

In a parody entitled "Author Escapes Diocese, Is Eaten by Crocodiles", Cardinal Mahoney plays a prominent role.
As I pointed out before, the correct spelling is Mahony.
As an aside, knowing how the author feels about the Cardinal, perhaps it should be spelled Baloney.

The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown is correctly named in several places, but is also referred to as
the Diocese of Altoona- Johnson and is also misspelled in the following sentence, which contains two other errors:
"The Diocese of Altoona-Johonstown is a cespool of dissent and the effects of such widespread disobedience is making itself known."

A few more sentences have various problems:
"Apparently far off course, Rose was eaten alive by crocodiles on Monday as he tried to swim across moat of the Taj Mahoney in the Los Angeles. "
"I am amazed as I continue to read on blogs and websites how 'conservative' Catholics beleive homosexual men can become priests."
"I pray the if Fr. Judge was truly a dissident he had a conversion of heart and mind just before his horrible death."
"I also suspect that the homosexuals are behind this 'sainthood' push given his connections with dignity."

This last sentence comes from a quote from another source, so the ownership of the mistake is unknown.
"Amid the scandal threatening the Church heirarchy, the Franciscans must move carefully."

Monday, June 24, 2002

Ono's thoughts are interesting, but need to be expressed with a little more care.

"captilize on future technological innovations"
"repuatble companies"
"loose market share"
"May be, maybe not"
"i am"
"After the first few outburst"

still unclear on the concept

Some bloggers just don't get it.
One more time:
'Tis better to keeps one's mouth shut and appear a fool, than to open it and remove all doubts.

Mark Shea steps in it this time.
It was Betty G (who, like Harry S, leaves off the period) who wrote of Mother Theresa.
If he was paying attention, he would have noticed the post entitled " CATHOLIC AND NOT ENJOYING IT'S! ",
with the obvious error.
You will find plenty of bloopers here, but they are not mine.
Can I make it any clearer?

Sunday, June 23, 2002
No, it's not a gay problem.

Old Reliable isn't the first, and most assuredly won't be the last person,
to find it's not always easy to distinguish between a contraction and a possessive pronoun.
In my opinion, it's an education problem.

"LA gay radio talk show host says its a gay problem (so he must be honest)."

Old Reliable likes this post by Anthony Marquis.
One wonders if he likes the following sentence:
"The Maginot line of the teaching magisterium, Humane Vitae, was overran by the learning magisterium. "

always good luck to proofread a priest's writings

Fr. Bryce Sibley of "A Saintly Salmagundi" has a little female trouble in a couple of posts,
namely with ""effiminate". However, he gets "effeminacy" right every time.

"I know nothing, nothing!" -- Sergeant Schultz

At least Herr Schultz (or is it the other Herr Schultz?) knows how to write badly in so many ways.
Another example was posted today at Catholic (Dim) Light:
"His point was that it is a Christian lives his life ..."

By the way, this is the second time I've noticed something awry with the links to individual posts at blog sites.