Spiffing y'all up, one typo at a time
A college friend with whom I’ve reconnected via Facebook wrote to me recently, “Just by looking at your Facebook statuses, I can tell you love sports, alcohol, and your children.” Yep. That about sums me up.
You, my dear readers, know I also love spreading the gospel of good grammar, proper punctuation, and superb spelling.
In today’s quick post (I’m still jet lagged from my Paris vacation), I’ll combine two of my favorite things: sports and spelling.
It’s NHL playoff time. My Dallas Stars aren’t playing, but that doesn’t stop me from following along and fervently hoping that the Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup. Last night, I enjoyed the game between the Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs. The longer I watched, the more concerned I got about the name of that storied Canadian team . . .
Leafs? Leafs and not Leaves? Hmmmmm. I fought through the jet lag and the Mother’s Day wine and it finally hit me. Their proper name is the Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club. When you make a plural of a proper name, you don’t change the original spelling of it; you only add s or es. Remember that Mr. and Mrs. Wolf are the Wolfs and Ms. Fairchild and her children are the Fairchilds, not the Fairchildren.
Glad we could solve that sports mystery.
For the record, I was rooting last night for the Bruins. I must admit it’s simply because I collect sports logos with the letter B and theirs is one of my favorites.
When I was a girl, before the Stars came to town (and before hockey became a “thing” down here in Texas), we had the Dallas Black Hawks. After attending one of their games and enjoying too many treats, I went on a 20-year ballpark nacho hiatus. There’s a little hockey/TGB trivia for y’all.