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Donald Trump’s Letter Sent Back To White House With Grammatical Changes Made–Photo Of Letter Posted

June 2, 2018

I LOVE THIS!  Words and style of writing is important.

When Yvonne Mason first opened the letter, she read it all the way through. It did, after all, have the president’s seal at the top and his signature at the bottom.

But sometime around the third read, something began to irk the retired teacher, who had spent 17 years of her life refining the English skills of middle and high school students:

Look at all these unnecessarily capitalized letters, she thought.  

“Federal” and “Nation” and “State” and “States” — common nouns capitalized as if they were proper nouns. And too many of the sentences began with the ninth letter of the alphabet:  “I signed into law” and “I also directed.”

The letter, with her name on it, was written on heavy, official-feeling paper. Some would see such a letter from the president as suitable for framing. But for Mason, there was an itch that could not go unscratched.

She took out a purple pen and did something she had done countless times with countless papers.

She started circling.

It began with those pesky capital letters. But by the end, she had scrawled several notes, crossed out a few punctuation marks, and asked whoever wrote the letter a question that may or may not have been rhetorical: “Have y’all tried grammar and style check?”

She mailed the letter, now bleeding with purple ink, back to the White House. But first, she snapped a photo and posted it on her Facebook page, hoping to draw smiles from friends or former students who have been on the business end of her crusade to protect the English language.

Days later, a friend persuaded her to make the post public, and by the end of May, it had been shared more than 4,000 times, the latest piece of evidence for critics who believe the president and his administration play fast and loose with the English language.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Thomas permalink
    June 11, 2018 9:05 AM

    Teachers can finally make Trump a teaching moment in the classroom!

  2. Henry permalink
    June 8, 2018 10:57 PM

    No one ever accused Trump of bring educated!

  3. June 4, 2018 7:21 PM

    Howard,

    That might be the best comment thus far in 2018!

  4. Howard permalink
    June 4, 2018 4:49 PM

    I just noticed: Trump’s signature looks like an abstract drawing of a bunch of guys wearing pointy white hoods. Hmmm…

  5. June 3, 2018 12:17 PM

    Thanks for heads-up!~

  6. pattilynn9 permalink
    June 3, 2018 8:36 AM

    For those who live in glass houses: You misspelled Donald in your title.

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