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My name is Lily-Sue, but my mummy calls me Munchkin (or 'Munch' for short!) I am 7 years old, and this is where my mummy will help me write all about all the fun things we do together. I hope you enjoy reading about the adventures of my mummy and me, Munchkin, with the occasional appearance from the siblings - Beastie and Plumlet.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

When good English goes BAD!


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?!

11 comments:

  1. love it x im guilty of word crime

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    1. Haha! No hun, you might be guilty of the odd blunder, as we all are, but you can string a sentence together that actually makes sense and can be read and understood by others. You're definitely not 'one of those people'! Lol x

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  2. My best friend is a bit of a grammar nazi. She often texts me after I have published a post to alert of the fact that I have missed and apostrophe.
    I don't understand how some people don't understand the difference between we're, were and where?! Not to mention you're!

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    1. That's what I mean! We all make mistakes. I ask The Man to proof read everything I write, and he will usually pick at least one or two errors out of a post for me to correct. I remember being at school and having the difference between 'there', 'their' and 'they're', between 'its' and 'it's' and between 'your' and 'you're' explained so well, I couldn't imagine getting them wrong. I suppose some people didn't have that. I need to be thankful for good English teachers I think!

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  3. I love this! I'm a terrible grammar Nazi, although most of the time I'm gracious enough to keep it inside my head! Must have been the wonderful primary school education we both had...

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    1. I'm exactly the same, Grace. I don't go pulling people up on bad grammar or use of the language at all. I suppose that would make me a snob, haha! But certain things do make me cringe. As the years have gone by, I have realised more and more that our primary education was very good. I think all those handwriting lessons with Mrs Stafford probably did it for me!!!

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  4. Oh I love the video I must admit my grammar is bad really bad although I don't write in numbers and I my excuse is not listening at school and English isn't my 1. Language! But on Facebook I see quite a few statuses who take my a while to decode!!

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    1. AK, whilst I was writing this post, you were the one person at the front of my mind. Not because any of this applies to you, but quite the opposite! As you said, English is not your 1st language and therefore, I think your spelling, grammar and use of the language are amazing! The difference is, AK, you make an effort to use the language correctly, and therefore, your errors are not 'Word Crimes' at all. Let's face it, you can write a whole blog post in English and have it understood by everyone ... ask me to do the same in German, and I'd be on Google Translate for the title!!

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  5. Love love love this! Numbers are for number lines, not words ;)

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    1. ^^Yes! This!^^ It drives me nuts! Twitter, I can understand it. It's hard to squeeze what you need to say into 140 characters. But when I see it elsewhere, especially in blog posts, it drives me crazy!

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