Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Quick hits

I've been keeping a running list of some of the errors I've seen this week.

In the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, there is an S on Clubs. But double-check your local organizations to see which include the S. For example, Dallas has an umbrella organization — the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas — that uses the S, but individual clubs don't — the East Dallas Boys & Girls Club.

Fighting on a grand scale is a battle royal, not a battle royale. Etymology here. (And, yes, the French do call a McDonald's Quarter Pounder a Royal (not Royale) with cheese — actually the Royal Cheese.

I've blogged about it before, but here's a reminder: When you get your just deserts, it's spelled with two S's, not three. You're getting what you deserve. (A lot of mentions of just desserts are correct, however; people are punning about recipes or restaurants. But the fact that this pun is so prevalent is in itself a reason not to use it. Cliche watch!)

The pepper is the habanero, not the habañero. No tilde over the N. The etymology should help you remember: It gets its name from Havana (La Habana in Spanish).

And, for good measure, I'll include a link to Skitt's Law.


At 7:15 PM, September 13, 2006, Anonymous Frolic said...

I suppose the association between habanero and jalapeño is what provokes that unnecessary tilde.

At 7:35 PM, September 13, 2006, Blogger Jim said...

At the risk of sounding sarcastic (which I'm not), posts like this remind me of the real reason I read your blog - it really bothers me that all this time I thought there were 4 S's in just deserts. It just pains me that there is something else in this life that I may have been wrong about.

As G.I. Joe would say, "Knowing is half the battle." (royal, not royale)

At 12:26 AM, September 15, 2006, Anonymous Jeff said...

is it two S's, or two Ss (without apostrophe)?

i lean toward the latter, because wouldn't it be two Xs? in my book, it would.

At 9:59 AM, September 16, 2006, Blogger Bill said...

S's and X's, or else you end up with "All As" on your report card.


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