OK, so I received a decent education. I didn't attend a fee paying school, I wasn't sent away to boarding school, I didn't have personal tutors visiting my home. I attended an all girls' school, not too far from where I lived and had parents who liked me and my brothers to speak properly. Most of my friends from primary school attended the same school as me.
So, English was one of my favourite subjects, right from Year 7, I loved my English lessons, and after passing the subject in GCSE, went on to study both English Language and English Literature at A'Level and then at University. So I consider myself, not an expert, but pretty capable of stringing a legible sentence together when I am writing. I like to read articles, posts, blogs that are written well, but I certainly do not, in any way, consider myself to be a word snob. I will not judge someone for spelling mistakes or stop reading blogs because of grammar blunders. I make plenty of my own! However, there are certain things I don't like to see and I am pretty sure many of you will be with me on this one. Either that, or I am going to come across as a judgemental, shameless smart-ass right now and will only know when my reader count drops considerably over the next 24 hours!
Many of us have been there. Scrolling Facebook, scanning forums, even reading some blogs. Everyone abbreviates, we all use acronyms, it can make things much easier and quicker, especially as everyone knows what you mean. However, there are certain word crimes and grammar errors that are just that. A great deal of the time, they are just pure laziness rather than honest mistakes.
My reason for writing this post today, other than this being something that I feel strongly about, is earlier this evening, The Man came over to me whilst I was at the critical stages of building a Mega Bloks 'palace' with Munch and Beastie Boo. He had been laughing ... a lot. He handed me his phone and simply said ...
"You HAVE to watch this. It's like it was written for you!"
So I'll not say another thing, other than take your its and your it's, place it together with your theres and theirs and put an extra apostrophe where it doesn't belong, just because your chosen word ends with an 's'! Muddle your with you're and even add the odd ur for good measure. Whilst you're at it, type every word you can using text speak or whatever they're calling it. I've decided I no longer care, because Weird Al Yankovic has said it all. He's taken everything that is wrong with today's written word and put it all right here.
Now I know I'm not alone!
Now that you've watched it ... please say you've watched it ... Tell me ...
R u stl wiv mi?!