Opinions: Hindsight: Your misusing it

Oh, I’m sorry. YOU’RE misusing it.


This is an everyday occurrence.

Disclaimer: My editor found grammatical errors in this column. I am not perfect, but at least I used all of the right forms of “your.”

I cannot stand when friends, family or whoever I’m texting do not use proper grammar. I also hate when words are misspelled, but I can let that slide a little more than I can poor grammar.

A friend of mine, without fail, will always text “your” no matter if it’s the correct form or not.

A couple of his texts:

  • “If your lucky”
  • “Your trippin”
  • “No your distracting me”

Oh. My. God.

“Your: a form of the possessive case of you used as an attributive adjective.

You’re: contraction of you are.”–dictionary.com

It grinds my gears to no end. And maybe it’s because I was in honors language arts freshman and sophomore years, or maybe it’s because I’ve been writing columns for three years.

None. The. Less. Grammar is so important, people!

Not only does bad grammar make a person look uneducated, it could possibly change an entire sentence.

“You’re trippin.” Sure, “trippin” isn’t a real word but at least the correct part of speech was executed.

Now let’s skurt on over to comma abuse shall we? (Skurt: to make your way to or from somewhere with speed and willingness)

I don’t know about you, but commas are my best friends. I love commas. I try to use them as much as possible.

Lets’s bring down one of my friend’s texts from above. “No your distracting me.” How about, “No, you’re distracting me.”

The comma constructs the sentence so it’s no longer willy nilly.

The comma is the crucial difference.  Heading to Easter dinner, if I say, “Let’s eat, Grandma.” I am asking her to join me in a special meal. If I say, “Let’s eat Grandma.” I am now asking my family to partake in cannibalism and Grandma actually becomes the meal. Get it?

People, we have got to clean up our grammar. This bad grammar is degrading. It makes us seem like we don’t know what we’re saying, when in reality, we’re just being lazy.

I know that everyone looks down on grammar dictators like myself, but hey, I just enjoy proper English.

Whenever I text, I use proper grammar (98% of the time), and I spell nearly every word correctly. I have an education. I was taught to know the difference between there, their and they’re.

I take pride in making my sentences flawless.

Don’t be this person, “Yea there at TacoBell.”

You’re better than that.