Mini rant

Received in a recent email:

[EMS Vehicle] is out of service due to the breaks.

[Insert scream of frustration here.]

To: The world in general,

This is only the most recent example of this error I have seen recently. Please note the following:

“Breaks”, when the word is used as a plural  noun, are gaps or holes in something that are caused by some sort of damage. As a noun, it can also refer to a change in fortune (“A lucky break”).

The parts on a car or other vehicle that cause it to stop moving are called the brakes.

Please stop confusing the two, lest I reach through the interwebs and break your skull.

END OF LINE

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1 Comment

  1. You had to correct me on that.

    I will say, you fixed me right proper! Thanks for that!

    Reply

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