Interception procedure

Even though our comic strips go through so many steps, we still manage to insert the occasional typo, spelling or other mistake. As the one doing the lettering, I admit to being the main culprit, but my brother proof reads all the strips, so he’s not off the hook. And oftentimes they even slip past the watchful eyes of magazine editors. One thing is for sure though: When I upload a strip with an error to our website, they get discovered in record time, haha! I guess many eyes make light work (in analogy to that old proverb).

Sometimes I catch the error in the last second, as it was the case today (Which doesn’t mean there couldn’t be a second one). Today I discovered a “greengrocer’s apostrophe” in “rocking it’s wings”. A funny term, by the way, “greengrocer’s apostrophe”, I had to look that up. I also really love the The German version, called “Deppenapostroph” (idiot’s apostrophe), which might be slightly more insulting towards the recipient, but less insulting to all greengrocers.

Anyway, after that grammatical excursion: Has anyone of you ever been intercepted? I imagine it being quite a bit more stressful than being pulled over by the police. But then I guess it all depends on the context …


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6 comments on “Interception procedure
  1. Tampa says:

    They still confuse the hell out of me. There is it’s and its, but also pilot’s, which is the plural? Then there is users and users’ airplanes, which… I don’t even know anymore. Course these days with the you’re and could of going on it doesn’t matter anyways since everyone just throws grammar out the window it seems. Always bothered me in school when so much emphasis was on grammar, but it was never taught properly and the whole point of language, communication, wasn’t even really part of the education. Getting the point across and maybe using could’ve and your properly should be the goal. I started reading everything twice and stopping after each sentence to think whether I understood it, helps with clarity of texts, though I find not a whole lot end up reading them anyhow. Worlds gone belly up when people get so lazy they don’t even double check their own email when signing up for something -_-

  2. Harro says:

    Hi there,
    luckily I have never been intercepted – so far. But I think I would freak out like Jason if some Eurofighter pulls up on my nine o’clock. And as my FI once said “You usually only see one of them, they always come in pairs!” The one thing I wonder, though, how crazy that must look, I cruise in my bug smasher at 90 kts. The Typhoon, at some extreme angle of attack, flaps extended, 5 kts above stall speed.
    There is a pretty cool video on youtube made by the Swiss airforce.
    Have a nice day and many happy landings.

  3. ThisGuy says:

    Grammar, it’s the difference between knowing your shit and knowing you’re shit.

  4. Karel A.J. ADAMS says:

    “see what they have to say”? I’d use my ears to catch a vocal message rather than my eyes 🙂

    As for the grammar bit, here’s how Wikipedia puts it:
    It’s, an English contraction of it is or it has
    Its (pronoun), the possessive form of the pronoun it

    Not so really very hard, is it?

  5. Karel A.J. ADAMS says:

    @Harro: Yes, F16’s and other interceptors would have a hard time with very slow planes. I do have heard stories, though, of misbehaving ultralights being intercepted by military helicopters – and none can go slower – which gets us closer again to our dear site operators.

  6. Ahh, but have you looked up the standard comma vs Oxford comma vs Walken comma vs Shatner comma? Truely brilliant comma coverage and a slight aviation linkage thanks to Walken having flown in a few movies and Shatner being in space 🙂

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