I know I’ve been gone for a while, but I’m trying to change from my steady diet of apostrophe-related problems. Today we have a “do”ozy.
Easter has been a long time coming this year, it seems. Whether it’s late in the calendar or the fact that spring has taken a less-than-firm stance, this year Easter is a welcome milestone.
When I went to pick up lunch today, I almost lost my appetite as my local pizza joint chose this way to mark the day:
[Step back, shake head, blink a few times, grab cell phone, snap photo. Sigh.]
It’s due to, kiddies, not do to. And, no matter what Strunk and White says, due to is one of those combinations of words I generally seek to eliminate. There are many better word combos, and once people start using due to they find it hard to stop. Addictions to due to are alarming. The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. It is completely acceptable to substitute because of or even from, if it works. Don’t be shy, give it a try!