Saturday, September 09, 2006

Fighting the Good Fight

The next time you happen to be drinking a Budweiser, Bud Light, or some other product of the Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., look carefully at the ingredients label on back. Does it bear the unfortunately-punctuated proclamation "One of the World's Largest Recycler's"? If so, stand up for the rights of apostrophes everywhere, and call 1-800-DIAL-BUD to tell Busch that the company must correct its packaging immediately. The operator will be perfectly polite to you; you may even suspect him of being amused. But the number's right there, they're asking for your input, and you will have done your part for Truth, Justice, and the Strunk and White Way. Thank you.


I discovered this regrettable error at yesterday's Mets-Dodgers game -- a beautiful night at a beautiful ballpark, with Ben, Melissa, and Serge. The Amazin's sadly went down 5-0, but the two guys behind us kept us laughing all evening. Their two best lines of the night:

  • To Lastings Milledge: "Don't make me bench you in my video game!"
  • To a fan on the JumboTron who was unable to define 'didgeridoo': "Welcome to Loserville! Population: You."


  1. I have a friend who bought the much more expensive coconut milk for curry because the other brand had incorrect punctuation. Perhaps the more expensive brand could afford proof readers.

  2. Incorrect punctuation, beware! Here comes Super Editor! On the lookout for evil punctuation errors in the most inconspicuous of places! She will drink your beer and then zap it with her Red Pen of Terror!

    You are so funny, you editor you.

  3. So, I want to know how many copies of Lynne Truss' "Eats, Shoots & Leaves" have you been given as presents so far?

    We've received three copies of Truss' "Talk to the Hand #?*! The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today, or Six Good Reasons to Stay Home and Bolt the Door" from friends and family members. I'm still not sure what that means...