Elementary School Poster Fail

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52 Responses to “Elementary School Poster Fail”

  1. 1 corwin April 27, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    this is failed, the “it’s” is correct here. it’s possessive.

  2. 2 Ben April 27, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    Corwin is correct – how did this end up here..?
    Or maybe the reference is to the capitalisation?

    In any case, it’s from a schoolchild!

  3. 3 Natalie April 27, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    I find it very interesting that both previous commenters correctly use “it’s,” yet think the poster is also correct.
    “It’s” with the apostrophe is a contraction of “it is” while “its” without an apostrophe is the possessive.
    Does “Put litter in it is place” make any sense?

    I’m sorry, but you two definitely fail.

  4. 4 Max April 27, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    Yeah, for real. Epic correction fail.

  5. 5 Ben April 28, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    Indeed, I take it back.
    Confusion came from knowing that normal procedure would be to add an apostrophe-s to indicate possession, “its” (and hers, theirs etc.) is the exception.

    Having not long read “Eats, Shoots & Leaves” this was really dumb.

    Sorry Natalie!

  6. 6 Natalie April 29, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    Apology accepted! But maybe you should read “Eats, Shoots & Leaves” one more time. 😉
    Also, you noted that since it was done by a schoolchild it’s more acceptable, but unfortunately, only the coloring was done by a child. I saw several other posters that were exactly the same aside from the coloring. I weep for our future.

  7. 7 Hey April 29, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Just replace it with it is to see if it makes sense. You don’t put an apostrophe in yours, mine, his, or her, so why in its?

    As for the poster, I think young kids who probably haven’t learned the rules yet are not a big fail.

  8. 8 Douglas May 1, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    I’m sorry to say that I find, aside from the obvious misuse of capitalization, that the use of “it’s” is correct. “It’s” has two connotations, possessive and as a contraction for “it is.” In this instance, the use of “it’s” is distinctly possessive based on the context in which the word appears. It is also my opinion that, the poster was meant to look childish. The grammatical errors such as the capitalization are indicitive of the creative, childish nature of the poster.

  9. 9 doesn't matter May 1, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    “its” is the possessive and “it’s” is the contraction, i just learned this in my English class, although this may be a funny poster mistake who really cares?

  10. 10 It does matter--It's "its" May 1, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    English language needs to be standardized. These mistakes are unacceptable from teachers.


  11. 11 PEOPLE May 1, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    Seriously. Did we not all get through this part of elementary school? “It’s” is NOT possessive. “It’s” means it is while “its” means ‘belonging to it’.

    Stop arguing against it. You’re wrong. Go read a grammar book.

    English Major and intelligent person.

  12. 12 Eric May 3, 2008 at 12:14 am

    I just had to chek and and see what thees eleven commentts cood be about and i half to say you people reely need to get a live. Thees are elementry skool kids for christ sakes is this realy a “epic Fail”?! Remove the stiks from you’re asses and stop this nonsensicle babbleing.

  13. 13 Cindy May 3, 2008 at 12:19 am


  14. 14 Eric May 3, 2008 at 12:24 am

    No, fuck you Cindy. You just crossed the line. I was trying to lighten the mood with some sarcasm while still making the point that this is an insignificant “fail” next to things like “Sinners is Welcome” on a glaring billboard. Completely uncalled for. I’ll find you. I swear.

  15. 15 Cindy May 3, 2008 at 12:30 am

    OH, you’ll find me? What the fuck is that supposed to mean? Are you threatening me? My husband happens to be the sheriff of Sarpy county. You watch you’re tongue.

  16. 16 Eric May 3, 2008 at 12:34 am

    Cindy, we all know you don’t have a husband. Unless that’s what you happened to name one of your several cats. Crazy woman.

  17. 17 Anonymous May 3, 2008 at 9:07 am

    wow, way to go right over the edge of being fucking nuts, cindy. I don’t think your sheriff husband is really going to give two shits about a comment left in response to a picture making fun of grammar. you don’t have to show off your insecurities by flashing the “sheriff husband” card every time someone makes fun of you. it’s like crying for your daddy. so go ahead and sit yourself down for about ten seconds and calm down.

    eric: I agree entirely, this one’s just not that big of a deal.

    and no, I didn’t capitalize my letters correctly. this is an informal forum, so I just really couldn’t care less.

  18. 18 Maggie May 3, 2008 at 10:03 am

    First of all…you take this way to seriously!
    Yes, everyone makes mistakes and they should be more careful…
    but that is just it…EVERYONE makes mistakes…so get over it…
    and lighten up a bit…

  19. 19 umm May 3, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    cindy, you’re a raging cunt and eric shut the fuck up.

  20. 20 Anonymous May 3, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    Hey everyone, news flash: If you take the ACT, SAT, or GMAT to further your education- they will test you on its vs. it’s. And the only correct use of it’s on the tests is to stand in for it is. Everyone who is arguing that this is correct would epic fail a standardized test.

  21. 21 Christi May 4, 2008 at 8:52 am

    I only have to reply to Cindy:

    Your vulgar language is repulsive and simply portrays you as a total idiot. The fact that you think that your husband being the sheriff of
    “Sarpy County” means anything to anyone further solidifies your intellectual standing. Sarpy County, located in god-knows-where Nebraska. Please.

    Also, I believe you mean “your tongue”. Although, his actually being a tongue would be quite entertaining.

    Now, as to the “fail”- I may be wrong, but it appears as though this poster was meant to be displayed in an academic building (an elementary school, perhaps?), in which case the poster should be grammatically correct to set an example for the kids. If kids created it, the teacher who was supervising them should have provided an example and helped them to correctly word the poster.


  22. 22 TO CINDY May 4, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    Just thought I’d throw out there that the Sarpy County Sheriff Davis’ wife’s name is MaryBeth… def. not Cindy….


  23. 23 Megan May 4, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    I was at the mall a couple weeks ago, and I saw someone wearing a shirt that said this exact same thing, grammatical error and all. I pointed the shirt out to my friend, saying “that’s AWFUL!!” We continued walking. We noticed a store neither of us had been in before and decided to go in. One of the first things I spotted on the wall was the EXACT SAME shirt. Now THAT is an epic fail.

  24. 24 Stephen May 5, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Man, I love sarcasm. A lot. It’s like, you say something tongue-in-cheek, then somebody says something back, and all of a sudden nobody knows what you really meant. Its totally crazy, more crazy than a hippo fitting it’s legs in you’re pants.

  25. 25 www.cottoncandycloud.wordpress.com May 6, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    If it took one hour for each of you to compose a comment…

    If it took one day for each of you to be angry…

    If it took six hours for you to wait in an emergency room…

    While the doctor on call administers an assessment of your heart…

    While your family awaits the news that you had a heart attack..

    It’s not worth sitting here and griping about a typo…

    This was supposed to be funny.

    It wasn’t supposed to be a lesson in profanity and bullying.

    And, guess what!

    It’s called inventive spelling. It’s how kids learn.

    They don’t spell perfectly in Kindergarten.

    If you expect that of them you are going to have a heart attack

    in the next 24 hours.

    And, your kids are probably going to need Valium to cope

    with the real world.

    Yes, it might be considered a typo.

    Be thankful that the moderator decided to post it.

    I am going to put my shoe back IN my mouth.

    Sandy S Zoo

  26. 26 www.cottoncandycloud.wordpress.com May 6, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    I am going to put my foot back IN my mouth.

    I am giggling and blushing.

    Sandy S Zoo

  27. 27 Anonymous May 6, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    LOL!! Cindy and Eric, cool it. It is just some stupid fail poster. 🙂

    BTW, I love the disembodied hand too.

  28. 28 Tom May 7, 2008 at 10:01 am

    Eric and Cindy are clearly the same person 🙂

    love it

  29. 29 j. May 8, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    How do you know that, Tom?

  30. 30 IPv6Freely May 8, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    “OH, you’ll find me? What the fuck is that supposed to mean? Are you threatening me? My husband happens to be the sheriff of Sarpy county. You watch you’re tongue.”

    Your husband is a bitch, and you should watch you’re rotten cunt. Dumb slut.


  31. 31 nederninja May 8, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    Thanks go to Christi for properly assessing all relevant situations. (BTW – I think the chances are that the teacher wrote the letters and the kids just colored it in, which is worse than if the kids made the error. Either way, though, it’s not acceptable in that setting!)

  32. 32 Aimee May 9, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    I have to go to the bathroom.

  33. 33 Scott May 10, 2008 at 11:29 am

    I like this one. It validates my notion of kids being stupid.

  34. 34 Dan May 15, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    ^Finally, somebody who agrees with me.

    And Maggie… don’t stereotype the whole human race… I make no mistakes.

  35. 35 La Framboise May 18, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    No wonder kids don’t know the difference.

  36. 36 Bryan May 18, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    quotation from TO CINDY:

    Just thought I’d throw out there that the Sarpy County Sheriff Davis’ wife’s name is MaryBeth… def. not Cindy….


    Hooray for you!!! Somebody else does their research!!!

  37. 37 Jane May 19, 2008 at 11:25 am

    gah! In a place of learning! A place of learning! 😥

  38. 38 lydia May 19, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    idk which is funnier the poster or cindy and eric.
    awww i give them a tie!

  39. 39 Leah May 20, 2008 at 12:32 am

    Corwin and Ben- NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! When it comes to possesive, “it” is a pronoun, therefore it DOES NOT HAVE an apostrophe!! Just like “our” and “your” and “her”- possessives of pronouns do not use apostrophes! Instead, you get “ours”, “yours”, “hers” and “its”.

    Eric and Cindy should learn how to spell and use proper grammar before posting on an English Language Fail blog.

  40. 40 David May 20, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    I’ve forgiven the poster fail; the only thing interesting about this page is the number of fails in the comments. I lost count after Cindy and Eric’s episode.

  41. 41 Ms. Rosenbaum May 21, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    What I find to be far more interesting is that in Sarpy County, it’s well known that Sherrif Davis is cheating on Marybeth with two people – his girlfriend Cindy and his boyfriend Eric!

    Love triangle fail.

  42. 42 Scaramouche May 27, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    The vast majority of you are idiots. I’m looking at YOU, Eric and Cindy and anyone who thinks that this use of “it’s” is correct.

  43. 43 TO CINDY June 1, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    To Ms. Rosenbaum…

    HA! You just made my life. Thank you.

  44. 44 peelty June 2, 2008 at 9:51 am

    this poster is technically correct. “it’s” cannotes posessiveness when the author is speaking about something/one other than his/herself. in this case, trash. i suggest everyday writer to you folks, can be found in any college book store, an veritable encyclopedia for everything english. enjoy.

  45. 45 peelty June 2, 2008 at 9:51 am

    enjoy the improper use of “an” 😀

  46. 46 lizharrap June 2, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    Wow, this is really something! The best explanation for this that I found was http://www.gcse.com/english/its_confused.htm There are some other interesting words too.

  47. 47 Anonymous June 4, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    Since when did it’s become possessive? I missed the part where it is equals possession.

  48. 48 Jane June 6, 2008 at 12:38 pm


    I wouldn’t waste my money on it if it’s teaching you incorrect grammar.

  49. 49 daddy00 June 13, 2008 at 8:14 am

    Hey Peelty, when you try to sound high and mighty trying to correct someone on an English language blog, maybe you should also learn the correct spelling of the word “connotes”. The right letters are too far apart to be a typo and you’re not smart enough to try to be ironic.

  50. 50 Sçium June 14, 2008 at 9:46 am

    WOW this is hilarious! Eric/ Cindy, I’ll pay you $5, or whatever currency they use in the UK nowadays to sit in on an IM chat session. who knew there were so many fervent chat nerds about the English language to actually argue about such things?

    I got on the wrong side of this argument earlier on this same topic in the Peanuts it’s/its thread.

    I AM prepared to reimburse anyone who lives in Sarpy County for their psychotherapy costs.

  51. 51 Delkin January 8, 2010 at 7:42 am

    So..eric is obviously stupid. and cindy can´t be married,
    you have to be over 18 to get married and cindy clearly isn´t a day over 14, at least where i come from only immature people go around telling fuck u to strangers on a wedsite. over something that was meant to be funny in the first place.
    where are u all going with this?

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