Fighting for my country against the forces of evil and errant apostrophes

This is just a quick follow-up to my ‘would you let a man in your bed who didn’t know the difference between there and their’ post…

I have a google alert set up for my name (is that vain? probably…) and this afternoon I had an email to tell me that I was being mentioned on the ‘Forces Penpals’ website. Intrigued, I clicked through the link, and discovered, to my delight, that I am being quoted as a ‘relationship expert’ (if only they knew…), advising men in the British Forces to get their spelling and grammar up to scratch if they want to make a good impression.

It made me laugh quite a lot. I never knew I had so much power. Thanks to me, the Army will now be churning out thousands of wonderfully literate soldiers, penning beautiful love letters home from all over the world.

Ok, maybe not, but a girl can dream. And if it means that just one extra man takes a bit more care with his capital letters then it’s a job well done in my eyes.



  1. 29 June, 2010 / 2:14 pm

    Oh my gosh Jo, you’re absolutely my hero now! How very exciting :)

    • 29 June, 2010 / 2:16 pm

      I will fight sloppy grammar in the trenches… I will fight it on the beaches…

  2. 29 June, 2010 / 2:36 pm

    That is awesome :) If you manage to convert just one person… it somehow makes it all worth while.

    • 29 June, 2010 / 3:57 pm

      I am going to imagine the army introducing special classes, to help the soldiers write dating profiles and love notes with proper spelling and grammar :-)

  3. 29 June, 2010 / 3:55 pm

    I had a sneaking suspicion that you were the most powerful woman alive, now I know it to be true!

  4. 29 June, 2010 / 3:58 pm

    I am just waiting now on the call from David Cameron offering me some kind of advisory post in the Government…

  5. 29 June, 2010 / 4:03 pm

    Terrific, Jo! And no, it’s not vain to have a Google alert set up for your own name; I have one, too. It’s essential if you’re looking for work and/or conducting business online, in order to stay on top of what’s “out there” about you.

    • 30 June, 2010 / 1:28 pm

      Phew – I thought it was just me being arrogant, like when I ordered business cards this week with my face on them…

  6. 29 June, 2010 / 6:38 pm

    Maybe they’ll have you on special envoy helping out our poor boys and you’ll get to meet a hunky Soldier all of your own ;-)

    • 30 June, 2010 / 1:30 pm

      Yeah! I could get sent out to cheer up the troops ;-)

  7. 29 June, 2010 / 10:23 pm

    I love it! It drives my nuts to see the incorrect use of their, there and they’re.

    Keep on fighting the good fight in a war worth fighting and where the only casualty is ignorance!

    • 30 June, 2010 / 1:28 pm

      I now consider myself in a war against sloppy grammar – we will fight on! Hoorah!

  8. nepe
    30 June, 2010 / 12:17 am

    Brilliant!! You are helping our heroes get a shag!! Now THAT is worthy of a medal I reckon!

    You are so right though! Wrong grammer is an absolute must! In Hunstanton there is an amusement arcade called ‘Thomas’s Amusements’…. ARRGGGGHHHH – it’s even on the carpet pattern again and again and again!! It doesn’t help that my son is a Thomas!

    • 30 June, 2010 / 1:26 pm

      I think most people just randomly put in apostrophes wherever they fancy, without realising there are actual rules for it…

  9. 30 June, 2010 / 3:06 am

    Go girl. I have a friend you should meet. (female not male-sorry) Same passion for grammar.

    Btw-you’re missing the word as before the words ” a relationship expert” .

    • 30 June, 2010 / 1:25 pm

      Oopps! I am ultra aware of every typo now – I’ve set myself up to fail! I have corrected that one though – thank you :-)

      • 30 June, 2010 / 3:13 pm

        LOL-just had a chuckle when found it.

  10. 30 April, 2015 / 9:43 am

    HI I know this is a really old post but I just found it and wanted to thank you! My partner is ex-armed forces and he writes me lovely notes, all with perfect grammar and spelling…we met after you waged your war so it’s probably all down to you that he is so accomplished. Believe it or not in the army his bosses would send back any poorly written documents with red pen on, like in school!! Your policy seems to have been taken to heart!

    • Jo Middleton
      30 April, 2015 / 9:45 am

      That’s the power of blogging for you right there :-)

      • 30 April, 2015 / 9:49 am

        For sure! You have my immense gratitude! I am also really enjoying your blog, as the daughter of a single mum a lot is very familiar to me! I don’t believe that my mother would have owned a baby thermometer either! I wouldn’t have had it any other way though!

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