Thursday, January 01, 2009
I Suppose this is Supposed to Make Sense
Disclaimer: Grammar Rant. Many more to come!
I love Lynne Truss, the author of Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation. She is a grammar maven when it comes to the incorrect use of punctuation and I must admit I can be a bit of a grammar stickler myself. It must be the English teacher still channeling inside me.
I'm in good company though. Frank McCourt, the author of Angela's Ashes said, "If Lynn Truss were Roman Catholic I'd nominate her for sainthood."
At least I'm in the company of saints. Please keep that in mind as you read on.
My pet peeve this week surfaced in one of the holiday newsletters I received. I suppose I shouldn't have been so upset but there were so many errors on so many levels that my grammar radar was blipping like crazy. The biggest offense? The misuse of the words suppose and supposed.
Some gentle enlightenment, dear readers.
SUPPOSE- most commonly means think, guess, imagine.
SUPPOSED- means required or obliged. Supposed can also mean mistakenly believed as in "Her supposed friend failed to support her in her disagreement."
"Suppose your friends don't come when the are supposed to?"
"I suppose it's supposed to snow tonight"
"Am I supposed to care?"
I suppose this will never reach the people who are supposed to benefit by this but I suppose I feel better now.