Monday, August 06, 2012

Keeping It Real: Grammar Style

Here is the post in which I admit I judge people (adults) that make grammar mistakes. I know I shouldn't judge, but I figure by the time people born and raised in the United States reach the age of 10, they should no longer be writing things as though they are taking English as a second language. The sad thing is, I see many people on FB that are highly educated people, and I really don't think that they know they are killing me with their grammar issues. Let's face it folks, your status update should not make you seem less educated than you actually are.

I know that many people update their facebook status by text message, but for the love of all things right and good in the world, please folks, remember your 8th grade English class and try to remind yourselves of basic spelling and grammar rules before you submit your life changing status update.

With school starting back in just a few weeks, these are my top 5 grammar pet peeves:

You're/Your
You're driving me crazy when you can't remember that "your" isn't the same thing as "you're."

There/Their/They're
They're going over there to pick up their copy of their English book which was obviously never opened.

Accept/Except
Except for people who have learning disabilities, I just cannot accept people who can't remember this rule.

Its/It's
It's not hard folks; It's is a hyphenated word for "it is." "Its" is used for possession. Get it straight.

Who's/Whose
Who's going to be so anal retentive that they would write a whole blog post about people constantly making these grammar mistakes? Oh wait...I am. I can't be the only person whose English teacher would flip out over these mistakes.

Oh, and while I'm at it: loose and lose are different words. I would hate to have to lose it and write another post about this.

The end.

2 random thoughts:

Anonymous said...

I, too, get bent out of shape over such mistakes. Sometimes, a typo happens. Or a hurried post from your phone. But the mistakes you list are rampant on FB and everywhere! And you forgot this one -- you cannot make a word plural with an apostrophe, people, so stop trying!

Live with Flair said...

Bravo! I teach college writing, and these errors are so common! Thank you for this funny post. I'm over at Live with Flair: http://livewithflair.blogspot.com/2012/08/receiving-finest.html

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