Ask Me a Question

If you have a writing, grammar, style or punctuation question, send an e-mail message to curiouscase at sign hotmail dot com.

Add Your Own Criminal Sentence!

If you find a particularly terrible sentence somewhere, post it for all to see (go here and put it in the Comments section).

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Criminal Sentence 52: Oh No!!!!

From a sign in a clothing shop:

Returns on Underwear"

NO!!!!!! There are two problems with this sign. 1) The exclamation points should be at the end. 2) Only one exclamation point is necessary. Two is overdoing it.

By having the exclamation point(s) in the middle, this sign seems to say the opposite of what it means. (It really means that there are no returns on undergarments. An emphatic no, mind you.)

It gave me a laugh. How about you?


rpmason said...

As D. Keith Mano stated, "The exclamation mark should be used only in dialogue and then only when the speaker has just been disemboweled."

Susie Larson said...

I laughed out loud when I read this one. Thanks for this site. I love it. :)