Tuesday, April 14, 2009

What's the Problem, People?

As a stickler for basic spelling and grammar (former journalists get this anal), I have noticed one particular error that seems to have greatly increased in recent times.
For some reason, people cannot correctly spell or use "your" and"you're." It should be simple; your is a basic possessive word, while you're means "you are." It isn't a battle royale or complaint for the ages, but will it hurt for people, particularly those for whom English is their first language, to use it in a correct manner?

3 Comments:

Blogger Derek J. Punaro said...

Maybe people are doing it to you on purpose because your always bitching about the weather. ;)

9:11 AM  
Blogger Kim Hosey said...

I saw "it's" (supposedly meaning "belonging to it") in a headline the other day! Argh.

9:56 AM  
Blogger heather said...

It's very annoying. We're trying to get our 5th graders to know the difference between to, too and two; their, there and they're; its and it's and your and you're.

Of course some of them don't use capital letters or punctuation for sentences either.

It's not like it isn't taught!

10:48 AM  

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