I am in no way an expert. A snob for sure, but not an expert.
I think I actually addressed my often repeated grammatical errors in an earlier post.
But (Bazinga! (yes I am a Sheldon Cooper fan) An error right off the bat!) I think we can all agree that there are basic grammar rules that should be followed.
The big one is the your/you’re/their/they’re/there/we’re/were issues. Most grammar snobs will have a coronary episode when they see these words misused. I don’t quite reach heart failure status but it definitely gives me a painful pause when sighted. Example: the other night I saw a young girl wearing a shirt that said “Sweetie- if your going to be two faced at least let one of them be pretty.”
(I’m choosing to block out the fact that I also saw a toddler wearing a necklace that said “just suck it”. Granted she didn’t know what it meant but still- disturbing)
Completely ignoring the ridiculousness of the tshirt and the even more ridiculousness that a young child was wearing it… for the love of all that is holy, can it at least be grammatically correct?
At first I thought I had just been mistaken because surely the people printing the shirt would have noticed the typo. And (!!) if not them then surely the people selling the shirt… and if it amazingly enough got past those two groups then surely, SURELY!, the person considering purchasing the shirt would notice.
It is somewhat astounding that it was seen in public. I would really like to hope that I wasn’t the first person who noticed it that day. Really, really hoping that.
That’s the big one but trust me- there are plenty more.
Frightening enough I find more examples of awful grammar in the “articles” on the website for my local news station. Some of them can be half-assed excused as it is a news broadcast and meant to be spoken and not read but that only excuses simple typos. It’s the full out massacre of the english language that really makes me question who on earth they are paying to write these things up.
I follow the local news on twitter and that is where the most egregious of mistakes are made. I don’t know if it’s because they don’t really care that much about how they are perceived on twitter or if they are in a hurry or what but trust me- it is bad.
Earlier they linked to an article about a woman who ran in the marathon this weekend. Their tweet was along the lines of “only a few have ran in so many marathons before”. Apparently the person who wrote that missed the week in grade school where conjugated verbs are repeated ad nauseam.
Sadly that was just one of many mistakes in a very short write-up. It was painful to read. And (!!!) frankly a little embarrassing.
It is no secret that many who live in other parts of this country think that those of us who reside in the South are slow, dimwitted, and more than a little backwards. We do not need to give them any more reason to think so.