Jermaine Pedant: Enrique, Reid, McGrath, Ruddock, Thompson, Marsh

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Jermaine PedantFootball Burp‘s very own Jermaine Pedant enjoys nothing more than strolling back and forth in his professor’s gown, casting scholarly gazes over his fellow professionals’ online scribblings.

Each week, he homes in on a few choice instances of common grammatical failings and raps on them repeatedly with his disciplinary cane until we’ve all jolly well learnt to treat the Queen and her English with the utmost respect. Read on for this week’s lessons…

Dean Cox

The Leyton Orient winger was reiterating his commitment to the cause…

Jermaine PedantJermaine Pedant says… I was hitherto unaware that statues had been erected either by you or in your honour, Dean. Does it have anything to do with your recent wonder goal against Walsall?

It’s safe to assume that you meant to write ‘statuses’, although I do believe this to be more of a Facebook term. ‘Tweet’ shall suffice, but I will of course offer my sincere apologies if you were in fact referring to your Facebook statuses.

Speaking of which, put that smart phone away!

Gabriel Zakuani

The Peterborough United defender was being crass…

Jermaine PedantJermaine Pedant says… Whereas many of my colleagues would see fit to punish such a show of insubordinance, Gabriel, I choose instead to highlight your incorrect notion that a ‘boner’, as you so vulgarly put it, can be aroused into a state of rigidity, when of course it is inherently already hard. If you had written “life is like a penis, women make it hard”, or even “life is like a boner, women made it hard” (see what I did there?), then this despicably lowbrow attempt at humour would at least have had a legitimate scientific basis.

If you continue to make my life hard, as it were, I shall be forced to transfer you to Mr. Gamst Pedantsen’s class. He takes a far dimmer view of these matters than I, Gabriel.

Billy Clifford

The Chelsea youngster was despairing at his mother’s sense of timing…

Jermaine PedantJermaine Pedant says… Was she fleeing your grammar, perchance? They’re proud of welcoming the tired, the poor and the huddled masses to their historic city, so perhaps they’re now encouraging the mothers of poor English students over there too.

No, Billy; I said ‘grammar’, not ‘grandma’.

See me.

Phil Thompson

The Soccer Saturday regular was on Soccer Saturday…

Jermaine PedantJermaine Pedant says… “Worryingly poor” makes for an apt summation of your application in class, Phillip. As one of the elder pupils present, I expect you to listen and set an example.

Please write out one hundred times: “I will always listen to educators for their helpful instructions.”

Paul McGrath

The Aston Villa legend predicted a top-half finish for his old club…

Jermaine PedantJermaine Pedant says… You may be full of hope, Paul, but I am full of despair; however, I am hopeful that you will be more careful and less doubtful in the future.

Hayley McQueen

The Sky Sports presenter was reporting back on some choice cursing…

Jermaine PedantJermaine Pedant says… The infant was conceivably referring to your grammar, Hayley!

I have some sympathy in this regard, given the apparent logic behind using who’s as the possessive version of ‘who’. However, so as to differentiate from the contraction for ‘who is’ (as in “who’s with me?”), we use whose. Similarly, none of ‘his’, ‘hers’, ‘yours’, ‘ours’ or ‘theirs’ are spelt with an apostrophe, just one of the many irregularities that make our language such a constant source of fascination.

Neil Ruddock

The former Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and West Ham United defender was commenting on one of his old clubs…

Jermaine PedantJermaine Pedant says… Neil, agrees is inferring a person, not a possessive, so there is no need for an apostrophe.

I also couldn’t help but notice your misspelling of the manager in question, albeit ‘Rodgers’ does appear to be a less common surname than ‘Rogers’. I also accept the slim possibility that you were referring somewhat peculiarly to a plurality of forenamed Rogers, such as Federer, Moore and Rabbit.

Jose Enrique

The Liverpool left-back was off to work…

Jermaine PedantJermaine Pedant says… You’re in the way to training? Well, you better get out of the way, then! Chortle.

I’m also encouraged by your intention to look forwards for the Newcastle United match, rather than the less productive backwards.

Remember: it’s not sarcasm if its purpose is to educate.

Daniel Pacheco

The Liverpool youngster was tweeting after his side’s League Cup exit at the hands of Swansea City…

Jermaine PedantJermaine Pedant says… …whereas I am disappointed with that bungled past participle, young Daniel.

See me.

Johnny Gorman

The Wolverhampton Wanderers youngster was wondering if he’s psychic…

Jermaine PedantJermaine Pedant says… You didn’t know, my young team mate; you envisioned both outcomes prior to Wayne taking the penalty – we all do this, every time – and conveniently blanked one of them from your memory to suit your own excitable nature.

Have you ever heard the expression “even a broken clock is right twice a day”?

See me.

Jan Aage Fjortoft

The former Swindon Town and Middlesbrough striker has his doubts about Arsenal’s long-serving manager…

Jermaine PedantJermaine Pedant says… Your phrasing implies recurrence, Jan, as if Arsene starts losing it on a regular basis. Perhaps you are correct, but I suspect that this is not what you meant. My question is this: have you lost it?

Jermaine PedantJermaine Pedant says… They could loosen them if they were holding them by a leash, I suppose, but such malpractice is bound to lose the dressing room.

See me.

Rodney Marsh

The former Fulham, Queens Park Rangers and Manchester City striker was backing the referee’s decision…

Jermaine PedantJermaine Pedant says… It’s spelt ‘Wilshere’.

He’s a midfielder, not a boulevard.

Darren Huckerby

The former Norwich City and Coventry City forward was commending Stoke City on his perceived improvement to passing game…

Jermaine PedantJermaine Pedant says… Are you referring to Utah rockers The Used? If so, you must balance your argument by assessing how good my former team mates at Stoke City are at writing and performing post-hardcore/emo-flavoured rock music.

They’re awful, as it happens, but Andy Wilkinson’s quite good at the ukulele.

Steven Reid

The West Bromwich Albion defender had an observation on on-pitch fashion…

Jermaine PedantJermaine Pedant says… Not as ridiculous as your spelling, Steven.

Apologies for my somewhat curt responses this week; my desire to nail down a first team place at Wolverhampton Wanderers is something of a preoccupation at the moment. Class dismissed!

Tune in every Wednesday for more from Football Burp’s very own Jermaine Pedant!

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