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Fully qualifyed hairdresser…

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Well, that’s what the advert says in a local magazine that’s just been posted through my door.

Hmm, not much work needed. I’ll just snip out that ‘y’ and replace it with an ‘i’.

Then we’ll have the perfectly groomed ‘fully qualified hairdresser’.

‘Cos that’s the rule with words like ‘qualify’. Here are some more examples:

Beautify becomes beautified

Notify becomes notified

Simplify becomes simplified

Rectify becomes rectified

Imply becomes implied

Parties and monkeys

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  1. BUT (I made a similar comment last night on another grammar site, about an oddly phrased, badly written advert from a shutter company) if the hairdresser were otherwise skilled at hairdressing, would the English mistake matter? Whereas it would matter if the person were, say, a tutor or public-relations specialist. That’s why errors in grocery store signs don’t bother me: their produce still tastes as sweet.

    Michael Farrell

    30/03/2010 at 2:15 pm

    • I’m quite fond of precision in a hairdresser.


      30/03/2010 at 2:50 pm

      • hahaha. When I get my $15 cut at Supercuts, I consider the stylist precise if she doesn’t actually draw blood.

        Michael Farrell

        30/03/2010 at 4:27 pm

        • I’ve never seen ‘stylist’ and ‘$15 dollars’ mentioned in the same sentence before. Except in one where the words ‘you won’t get a’ and ‘for’ are included.


          30/03/2010 at 4:56 pm

          • True. Her business card says “lifestyle-design professional.”

            Michael Farrell

            30/03/2010 at 5:44 pm

    • I know what you mean, and it’s an interesting point. Grocery store signs don’t bother me, really. However, I do think that anyone who wants to present a professional image of their business should do their best to ensure that their literature and adverts have correct spelling, grammar and punctuation. Sloppiness raises questions: if they can’t be bothered to run a spell-check over their ad copy, what else can’t they be bothered to do?


      30/03/2010 at 2:36 pm

      • My highly subjective “rule” is to ask myself if precision is required for the job. If the business is just selling bananas, I don’t care if the employees can’t spell or form a sentence. If the business is, say, custom cabinetry, I might be more concerned about sloppiness. If the business is some sort of profession or a giant company with a huge marketing budget, then I’d probably look askance at the product.

        Michael Farrell

        30/03/2010 at 2:48 pm

  2. Me too, which raised the question, are there partially qualified hairdressers?

    Maggie Manning

    30/03/2010 at 3:15 pm

    • Hi, Maggie — Methinks the lady doth protest too much, you mean? I know what you’re saying!


      30/03/2010 at 3:18 pm

  3. Hello there,
    Although I haven’t been commenting I have been reading and learning from what your post. Thanks so much for creating this blog. It amazes me how much I have forgotten since my college years so many years ago.


    30/03/2010 at 11:31 pm

    • Hi, timethief — welcome, and thank you very much for your kind words, which I appreciate a lot. I’m very glad you are finding some useful stuff here.


      31/03/2010 at 5:29 am

  4. Also note that witnessing the extra “r” in my comment above drives me crazy. I keep typing an “r” after “you”. The combination of being visually challenged and the spellchecker not picking these up because “your” is a word is one that makes me cringe when I click “submit” and then get up and stand 2 feet away from the computer and see the error. Becoming visually challenged has been a life changing experience for me in many ways. It’s making me more frustrated and humble day by day.


    30/03/2010 at 11:36 pm

    • I genuinely had to read your comment about three times before I picked up that ‘r’. It’s so strange how the eye/mind adjusts and corrects as we read. Thanks again, timethief — so glad to see you here.


      31/03/2010 at 5:34 am

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