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Today’s Reverb prompt: What are your biggest pet peeves?

Right now, right this second, my biggest pet peeve is when someone uses your instead of you’re. Because I’m a spelling/grammar nerd THAT’S WHY.


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It’s taking all my willpower (is that supposed to be all one word? spell check didn’t correct it) not to change the title of this post. I wrote you’re incorrectly ON PURPOSE and I can hardly stand it. I have problems. Now, I know that everyone has their strengths and weaknesses and some people just don’t care about spelling and grammar, but if you are a professional and you are writing professionally, YOU SHOULD KNOW BETTER (or get a new editor). If you are a sign maker, YOU SHOULD KNOW BETTER.

Here is the part of the post where I say PEOPLE WHO CUT PEOPLE OFF IN TRAFFIC SUCK! and then I cut someone off. I’m not a perfect writer. But, if you ever catch me misusing your/you’re, please shoot me in the head. At close range.

Here’s the thing. You’re is a contraction. It means you are. Your is possessive. It means that it is yours. Or, you know, theirs since when you use your, you’re usually talking to someone. Am I talking myself in circles? This might help:

Clear as mud? You hate me now? I can deal with that. You’re welcome.

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

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  • bethany actually Thursday, December 15, 2011, 11:31 pm

    You obsessively proofread this post at least three times, right? ;-) I would have!

  • Angella Friday, December 16, 2011, 9:42 am

    You and Bethany are grammar NINJAS. I love it.

  • Becca Friday, December 16, 2011, 10:16 am

    OH MY GOD YES!!!

    I’m right there with ya.

    I also have “issues” with misspelled words – but only the easy to spell words. If you’re trying to spell a big word and misspell it, I’m going to forgive you and/or assume it was a typo. BUT if you misspell one that kindergarteners learn to spell, and do so consistently, my eye is going to twitch.

  • Brandon Friday, December 16, 2011, 7:05 pm

    I dont get you’re point?

  • Kami Monday, December 19, 2011, 10:42 am

    Yes, that.

    And there and their. They are not one in the same.

    And when I see people driving around with the handle up on their infant car carrier. READ THE MANUAL.