Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Stop It!

Stop it.  Stop it.  STOP IT!

Stop typing "your" when you mean "you're".  Just stop it!  For goodness sakes, I know most of you passed 2nd grade. It drives me crazy when people get that mixed up.  I certainly am not grammatically perfect in everything I type, but I have noticed an epidemic in your / you're confusion lately.  Between facebook and twitter and various online forums, I see it all the time.  I don't usually call anyone on it, but I might start.  Please stop it so I don't have be a jerk.

"Your" is the possessive form of you.  Here is an example of how it can be used:
YOUR brain should be able to comprehend the proper use of the word.
"Your" should not be used like this:
YOUR so funny LOL.
YOUR so funny.  LMAO.
or even
YOUR so funny.  ROFLMAO.

"You're" is a contraction for "You are".  Here is an example of how it can be used:
YOU'RE an idiot if you use your when you mean you are.
YOU'RE so funny. LOL.
YOU'RE so funny.  LMAO.
YOU'RE so funny.  ROFLMAO.
I suppose some of the problem is that we live in a world of text messages and twitter where the number of characters you type are limited.  But, quite honestly, I would rather you type UR to mean "You are" than "your".

While you're at it.  Please stop typing "their" when you mean "there" or "they're".  Stop typing "to" when you mean "too" or "two".  Stop.

And, I really would prefer you stop typing i.e. or e.g. unless you actually know the difference.  It doesn't bother me so much that people don't know that difference, but if you choose to use one or the other, at least look it up so you know which means which.

And, while I'm at it, irregardless is not a word at all.  Don't use it.  You really mean regardless, so just say regardless.

Thanks for letting me get that all off my chest.


  1. "YOU'RE and idiot if you use your when you mean you are." maybe it should be You're an idiot!

  2. Your my fav. brother, ESheppy! Ok with you if I share you're blog entry with my malaysian friends?

  3. Thanks for the correction, father dear. Boy, that would be embarrassing if more people actually read this blog.

    Mrs. Bluefield, you're not funny.

  4. Um...I'm not sure why you think it was me who posted that comment. I don't know anyone in Malaysia. And I would never misuse your or you're...not even to annoy you.

  5. I think you know why I suspect you, T. But, if you say you didn't do it, I have no choice but believe you.

  6. Effect / Affect is another one that bugs me.