Attorney-at-Law

GRAMMAR POLICE

In Uncategorized on 05/27/2022 at 13:13

A client who called me back into service after his relationship with my successor proved less than salutary, finally told me “Lew, you’re turning into a curmudgeon.” Well, if my colleague Peter Reilly, CPA, thinks I’m a “grumpy old man,” then maybe they’re both right.

So if the cliché fits, I’ll wear it.

So, fair warning having been given, I can play the grammar police.

Judge Elizabeth A. (“Tex”) Copeland confounds the possessive adjective with the contraction, letting the apostrophe (a fossil that we should long ago have discarded) in where it shouldn’t be.

“…particular attention to Petitioner’s request that the Court vacate it’s January 25, 2022 Order granting Respondent’s Motion for Entry of Order that Undenied Allegations be Deemed Admitted Pursuant to Rule 37(c).” Order, at p. 1. (Emphasis added).

No, Judge, you mean “the Court vacate its January 25, 2022 Order.” You refer to the Court’s order, that is, the order of the Court, not “it is January 25, 2022 Order,” which makes no sense.

Again I apply for the post of official proofreader.

Oh yes, the order is Raphael Bershadsky, Docket No. 14021-20, filed 5/27/22.

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