If you’ve ever had an English class in your life, you should know that there is a difference between “your” and the conjunction “you are.” And if you didn’t know, there are also three different forms of the word to. T-o means to go somewhere or to do something, t-o-o means also and t-w-o means the number two, but for some reason people still seem to get it wrong. I hate when people misuse these simple words.
Every day I see a handful of people that don’t know how to use correct grammar. I’m not trying to be the Grammar Police here, but come on people. It’s so much easier to read over your sentence and make sure it’s correct before posting it and correcting it can save you some embarrassment. For another example, the “it’s” I used in the previous sentence was spelled with an apostrophe because it’s a conjunction meaning “it is.” I see these common words misused so often and it not only frustrates me, but it puzzles me. Why do people not know how to use these words in the correct context? Do they even know that a word can have more than one meaning? How can they post something knowing that they used “there” instead of “they’re”? These are the questions that haunt me.
Sometimes I think it’s because I’m a Communications major that the misuse of these small words bothers me. I mean, I’ve had my fair share of writing classes. But then again I think, these are such minor mistakes and such simple words, how to use them properly should have been learned at a young age. I learned the difference between the three forms of the word to at the same time as the girl I graduated with who’s always posting t-o when she really means t-o-o. I know I’m not the only one out there with this pet peeve and if you’re someone who struggles with the same frustrations due to people’s grammar, I just want to say thank you for using words correctly. If we all work together, maybe we can put a stop to these word abusers. One day I hope to live in a world where I can wake up and check my social media and not have to fear which form of “to” I’m going to see.
Popping bubble gum and clicking a pen are minor pet peeves to me, but if you spell “your” when you really mean “you are,” I just might have to pull out my Grammar Police badge.