If you caught the grammatical error in my post title, Hallelujah! We can be friends.
Lately, I’m finding more and more people simply don’t take the time to use the words there, their and they’re in their proper context. Frankly, unless you’re in grade 2 and have yet to learn the subtleties of grammar and pronunciation, you really have no excuse. There, I said it.
Now, the odd slip I can understand; sometimes while leaving a hurried comment on Facebook or a favourite blog, I too find myself making a few mistakes. But I’m usually a goodie-two-shoes and re-read my submission to make sure that it’s free of errors, because I have this silly notion that intelligence is constantly conveyed in everything that we do. Plus, I wouldn’t want a friend of a friend of a friend to see my comment on Facebook and think, “Wow, she’s dumb.”
I’m not going to insult you by posting the different uses of the three words; I’m under the assumption that we all know what they mean and how to correctly insert them into a sentence. What I am going to say, especially to the violators, is please, take a moment to proofread your work. Anal-retentive perfectionists such as myself (who clearly have a lot of time on their hands) take offense to those who don’t show respect for the English language. Some actually exhibit a marked rise in blood pressure when confronted with this popular grammatical error. Trust me, they’re out there.
While I’m bashing people, I may as well list my other communication-related pet peeves:
1. Using LOL (Laugh out Loud) after every other word to convey your emotions. As in:
OMG, lol, that was soooo funny. I have to go to my bf’s tonight, lol, and I’ll tell him what you said, lol. Can you come out tomorrow night, lol, should be fun, lol.
I actually know someone who writes like this, lol, and she has been blocked from my Facebook, lol.
2. writing complete sentences without using capital letters where necessary, especially on words like i, sunday, asap, etc.
Seriously, unless you’re writing a grocery list, use capital letters to begin sentences and for proper names. There’s a reason why millions upon millions of people do this – it’s because WE’RE NOT LAZY and respect others too much to complain about the effort it takes to press the Shift key. And by the way – omitting capital letters from your correspondence doesn’t make you look cool or kitschy – it makes you look like a dumbass. okay, i said it. on to the next.
3. People who say, “I could care less.” The expression, friends, is “I couldn’t care less.” If you could care less, that means you do care, if even just a little, because there is still room for caring. And since there is no level of caring measurement indicated, we actually have no idea how much you could care less. As such, we must hypothesize how much you do in fact care. You see? Opens up a can of worms, if you ask me.
And by the way – do you have any grammatical pet peeves?