Graffiti is written on buildings and public spaces in permanent paint to paint a permanent message. What message does graffiti send when it contains spelling and grammar mistakes?
Whoa! Did you mean woe?
Homophones are words that are pronounced alike but are spelled differently and have different meanings (see Ginger’s Pi Day post). The word “whoa” commands an animal to stand still, while “woe” expresses grief or distress. This graffiti artist may have been too depressed to proofread his/her work, thus entertaining us with his incorrect word choice.
Grammar still exists
Subject-verb agreement is another grammar point that is not to be taken lightly. “Love” is a common abstract noun that takes a singular verb such as “Love exists,” or “Love hurts.” We’re still hurt by incorrectly conjugating the verb in this graffiti.
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