When you live in a middle school world part of the time -like I do -it doesn't take long to understand that t-shirts have become billboards. Or at least a very popular way to communicate, state your preferences, or perhaps pledge your loyalty to a certain team or brand. Of course, I don't know if these pre-teens see it that way.
I was around lots of teenagers this summer, too, and t-shirts ruled at camp, too. That said, among all that I have found my favorite t-shirt for the summer. It read, "Punctuation can be fatal: Let's eat Grandma. Let's eat, Grandma."
As a writer, that statement makes me smile every time. It makes a humorous point about what a difference it makes when we are careless about punctuation. That's why it's my current favorite T-shirt. Of course, now most of us to do our writing on an electronic device that automatically corrects our mistakes. But I'm not sure this situation would be corrected.
So, since I appreciated the slogan on this T-shirt so much, I decided to check to see if I could find any more such bits of wisdom about our language. Sure enough, there are some available. Like this: "I am disappointed in you're grammar." Yes, my spell check told me it is wrong. Could you find the mistake?
This slogan will make you smile like it does me if you remember your English teacher's mantra on spelling rules: "I before E except after C. Weird."
This explains something I do sometimes when I write: "Synonym: A word used in place of one you could not spell."
I can't exactly believe that all of these slogans can be found on a t-shirt, but I would like it if it's true. Here's another one that helps us understand a literary technique where all the words in a phrase start with the same letter, as in "bouncy, bubbly, brunette bicyclist." You may remember a discussion about this in your English class, too: "Alliteration is alarmingly addictive."
The last slogan I located has more to do with spelling. "I put the B in subtle."
Another fashion trend I'm noting at middle school is words on your socks. Usually it's the name of the company that makes the socks or a particular team or college you like. One boy had socks adorned with the Superman emblem, another simply had the word BACON.
Since we live in Iowa, perhaps we should at least be aware of something like this: ""You had me at bacon."
Or "Everything in moderation. Except bacon."
Try this one: "Logic: Money buys bacon. Bacon makes happiness. Therefore, money buys happiness."
There's nothing wrong with a little smile along the way.