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to be mortified by DP's grammatical error in DD's reading diary?

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LisasCat Thu 22-Sep-11 13:15:48

It was the very first line of the first entry on the first page. DD has just started school, and got her reading diary yesterday. As DP reads her bedtime stories I asked him to write the first ever entry in this, and then saw that he had written story's when he meant stories. Yes I know I'm a bit of a tyrant when it comes to grammar, especially apostrophes, but this is now going to be the first thing her teacher sees, and will be visible for as long as she has this book.

So was I being a complete cow unreasonable to cross through it and write the correct word above, in what is obviously a different person's handwriting, and will therefore show the teacher that one of the parents is under the oppressive regime of the other, who is an evil pedant?

If he comes on here, will you all advise him "leave the bitch"?

Does it make any difference that I was cooking him a delicious dinner while he committed this awful crime wrote in the book?

VelvetSnow Thu 22-Sep-11 13:18:33

I bet the teacher will have a laugh at the strikethough grin

scuzy Thu 22-Sep-11 13:19:26

ever heard of tippex??????

I feel your pain OP - I have the same with my DH - his use of apostrophies is appalling - he frequently write he's instead of his blush . I used to correct his mistakes but then after a while decided it made me look like I was marking his work so now I dont bother.

My DH needs to read more but I think hell would freeze over first smile

Mumwithadragontattoo Thu 22-Sep-11 13:21:25


Chocolategirl3 Thu 22-Sep-11 13:21:58

I'm suprised you didn't make him write the correct version out 10 times at the back of the book!

Or did you?

buzzskillington Thu 22-Sep-11 13:22:10


carabos Thu 22-Sep-11 13:22:28

I'm amazed that you would think the teacher would know the difference tbh. I haven't come across any teacher in recent years who could spell or punctuate.

Faffalina Thu 22-Sep-11 13:24:18

I couldn't have left it as "story's" either. I would hate to think the teacher might think I had made the error.

BupcakesandCunting Thu 22-Sep-11 13:24:24


It's misplaced apostophes one day, armed robbery the next...

Goldberry Thu 22-Sep-11 13:24:44

YANBU. 'Story's' - shudder.

SlinkyB Thu 22-Sep-11 13:24:48

YANBU. But I am exactly like you when it comes to spelling and punctuation. I used to 'mark' my friends' homework when I was at school, but they still love me grin

iklboo Thu 22-Sep-11 13:25:15

That's nothing. DS's Teaching Assistant wrote 'Exalent reading' in his book last week hmm.

VelvetSnow Thu 22-Sep-11 13:25:52

my DP uses commas instead of apostrophes, I bet you,d string him up grin

grovel Thu 22-Sep-11 13:26:47

We had a sheet from school which referred to Goldilocks eating a bowel of cereal. Nice.

EssexGurl Thu 22-Sep-11 13:27:58

We have to sign the reading diary after we've made an entry. So that would have shown the teacher who had made the mistake. In our case, I wouldn't have changed it but felt glad that the teacher knew who was the imbecile in our house!

post Thu 22-Sep-11 13:30:05

But he wrote it. Why would you be mortified, or care, or change it? Do you think the teacher will think it's your job to check his grammar?

LoveInAColdClimate Thu 22-Sep-11 13:30:24

YANBU - I would also have had to change it (although, thankfully, I don't think DH would have made the mistake, which is lucky for the preservation of our marriage as I think the correction would have gone down poorly grin).

LisasCat Thu 22-Sep-11 13:31:29

The day it comes back with a note from the teacher with an incorrect apostrophe, I think I will cry a little bit inside!

Bupcakes armed robbery would be least that would pay the bills. What does crap grammar ever achieve?

He doesn't know I've done this yet. He'll see it next time he writes in the book. At least if you tell me I'm not being unreasonable, I'll know I have the moral right on my side (even if he does pack his bag and leave me).

LisasCat Thu 22-Sep-11 13:32:42

post I guess I just don't want the teacher thinking "Oh dear, this child is definitely going to wind up in juvenile detention, with parental grammar like that".

YouWinOrYouDie Thu 22-Sep-11 13:34:22

You should have used tippex. "Story's" shock Two errors for the price of one.

DD has a school planner (year 7) which states that mobile phones can be used at break-times discretely

nickelbabe Thu 22-Sep-11 13:34:53

I wouldn't have left it either.
I constantly correct DH verbally when he says "you was" or "indoors" (when he means "at home") and myriad other mistakes that he uses as standard because of where we live sad

itisnearlysummer Thu 22-Sep-11 13:35:36

My DH wrote a lower case 'i' when he meant I in DD's reading record book. His grammar, punctuation and letter formation are generally abysmal.

He is no longer allowed the great responsibility of writing in the homework books.


TheVermiciousKnid Thu 22-Sep-11 13:36:40

He doesn't know I've done this yet. He'll see it next time he writes in the book.

He will think the teacher made the correction. Deny all knowledge! grin

YANBU, I would have done the same. smile

Our letters from school tend to be riddled with very dodgy punctuation, grammar and wording. The funniest one yet was a letter from the head teacher which included the sentence: 'Diarrhoea is going through the upper KS2 children at the moment.' grin

lambethlil Thu 22-Sep-11 13:46:00

I would have ripped out the page. And copied the original writing forgery-style, with correct pens and everything.

If I couldn't rip it I'd have use a blade to remove it.blush

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