Thursday, October 14, 2010

Grammar Nazis. They're everywhere.

There are few things in life that get my goat more than the misuse of they're, there, and their.

Now, I'm not a "grammar Nazi" per se, but I have been known, under the guise of trying to be helpful, to point out when someone incorrectly uses they're, there, or their.

Not in a rude, insulting way, mind you.

For example, a buddy recently posted on Facebook that he and his wife ate at their favorite restaurant. "We love it their!" was the comment. So I, the good friend that I am, replied back with, "Glad you two enjoyed it! PS... 'there.'"

See. Non intrusive. Friendly. Innocent, even. I'm not trying to be a bad guy. It is the Internet, after all, and blogs (like this one) or social networking comments are meant to be conversational, not literature. So I look at my tiny correction as being the written equivalent of, "Excuse me, but you have spinach in your teeth."

My friends know I write, and that editing is part of my daily job, so they're very forgiving when I go all "red pen" on them. And they also know there's no arrogance behind my corrections. After all, if I make a mistake--and this happens more often than I'd like to admit--my friends are there to lovingly bring it to my attention. We're just trying to help one another be better people, right?

By now you've probably realized that this post is meant to be a little tongue-in-cheek. But what say you? Are there any frequent spelling or grammatical mistakes your friends or colleagues make that drive you bonkers? Sound off in the comments. In the meantime, enjoy this clip.

Blessings & Maledictions Non-Hypocritical Oath: If any of you ever catches me incorrectly using they're, there, or their on this blog, for the first person who brings it to my attention in the comments (be nice), I will personally donate a children's book to the school or organization of your choice.


  1. I'm the one who corrects mispronunciations. Drives my wife crazy.

  2. Such as "heighth", the "specific ocean", and "ex-scape"?

  3. The misuse of to, two, too ~ but then, I'm a culprit of it as well.. ehhh, too. Right? Hide the red pen if you visit my blog. My Mom is a teacher and I will break any red pen within sight. *snort*

  4. @Aleta - That's another good example with the to, two, too! There's also you're/your, and it's/its.

  5. I know my there, their and they're as well as my to, too and two but I just can't get the whole comma thing down. I am the queen of run on and on and on and on sentences. :O) While I am at it, (note the comma) I better admit that my spelling is atrocious. I am glad I'm on a Mac that auto spell checks for me.