Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Not Your Grandma's Grammar

by Yobeth Puckett

To say it's not your Grandma's grammar would be an understatement. Children in the United States aren't even being taught cursive in school anymore and grammar has been on a slippery slope for years!  I'm afraid to think where texting is going to take us.

I don't claim to be an English major but some things are just annoying. Homophones, for example, are one of my pet peeves.  Here are just a few of the frequently mixed-up words I see:

  • to/too/two
  • their/there/they're
  • hear/here
  • passed/past
  • your/you're/ur

In the examples above, I added ur as my prediction for where we're headed!  I hope you realize these words do not mean the same thing.  Let's take their/there/they're and use them in a sentence.  They're going to sit with their family over there.  You get the gist.

Now let's consider punctuation.  A comma can change the entire meaning of a sentence.  The quote below is from writers.com website.  It is a perfect illustration and made me laugh.

I hope I haven't made too many grammatical errors while typing this post. 
English was never my favorite subject and a refresher course I took a few years ago reminded me why!

Feel free to send me any of your pet peeves in the comments.
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1 comment:

  1. Yobeth, this is just too funny! I'm usually very conscious of grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Don't people realize that a word is misspelled when it is underlined in red and all they have to do is right click and get the misspelled word corrected. And thank God for that little computer thingamajiggy, because I type so fast sometimes that words can be misspelled, so I use it all the time. Thank you for this fun little post, great job!