Dec 7th 2011

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Holiday Special! Black Friday fraud, cranberry takeover, and holiday gifts for the grammatically challenged

For those of you who have celebrated Thanksgiving, we hope it was a delicious and meaningful one. For those of you who haven’t had the chance, we’re going to try and make up for it with this holiday special spelling news flash!

As Long As You Must Cheat, Cheat Properly
Cranberry or Cranbury? Who Cares, if it’s Delicious
Grammar Gifts for the Grammatically Challenged

As Long As You Must Cheat, Cheat Properly

The Traverse City Police Department in Michigan arrested a 29 year old man over the holiday, after he had bought jewelry with a self-made, misspelled, fake check.

The suspect bought a six-hundred dollar ring with a check at Federico’s Jewelry Store. The store employees realized the check was fake only after the man had left the store.

“There were some words that were misspelled, and that keyed them in,” said Capt. Steve Morgan. The word ‘Garfield,’ he says, was written without the letter ‘D.’ Major oops! I understand the man was in a rush, but was the misspelling really necessary?

The man was detected a few hours after that, in another jewelry store, possibly trying to purchase another ring. The police searched him and found the stolen ring, several forged checks in a false name, and a false driver’s license and credit card.

I wonder if they’d let him use Ginger in jail…

Cranberry or Cranbury? Who Cares, if it’s Delicious

A typical Thanksgiving dinner consists of turkey, yams, and cranberry sauce. The little red fruit are very dominant in American culture, but apparently the spelling of the word should not be taken for granted.

There are eight towns in the United States that are named Cranberry or some spelling variation of the red, lovable berry. In Pennsylvania alone, there are two townships named Cranberry, which I find extremely delightful. “Where do you live?” “Cranberry, PA.”

One of these towns is now named Cranbury, NJ. The name is obviously originated from cranberry, but why is the spelling different?  “There have been many questions about the town’s name,” says their website. “We do not know the origin of the Cranberry spelling. The marshy land near the mill site might have grown cranberries, hence the name. On the I8th century maps the name appears as Cranberry and Cranberry Town. In 1857 Rev. Joseph G. Symmes felt the name was incorrectly spelled and suggested it be changed to Cranbury. In Old English “bury” (burh) could be spelled bury, bery, or berry. In 1869 the town and brook were renamed Cranbury.

So, whether you prefer the bury, berry, or even bery spelling for your town name, remember the fruit is to be spelled ‘cranberry’, and be sure to enjoy it.

Grammar Gifts for the Grammatically Challenged

If you still haven’t completed your holiday shopping for your loved ones, what are you waiting for? We browsed the deep treasures of the internet to find some perfect holiday gifts for those who love, or lack, grammar.

(This should not be taken as a recommendation for any of these sites, we just saw some stuff we liked and that we’re hoping to receive ourselves…hmmm….)

How about a travel mug to remind you of the difference between you’re and your?

The Oatmeal (which is a great site to know, if you haven’t visited it yet) has a package of four grammar and spelling posters. These posters are hilarious and may actually help you remember the different spelling of loose and lose!

And while we’re shopping for posters, this one might help you remember to punctuate correctly. Never forget the Oxford comma!

Wishing you a lovely holiday season,

The Ginger Team

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