Glamourless Grammar Galore

There, they’re, their.

March 4th is National Grammar Day!

I know you’re all as excited as I am!

Just think – a  whole day dedicated to proper use of grammar!

Grammar Day was created in 2008 by Martha Brockenbrough, founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar, to promote awareness and understanding of proper grammar.

For the logophiles among us, the Global Language Monitor estimates the number of words in the English language to be approximately 1,025,109.

That’s a lot of words one could possibly mess up.

That’s right.

A lot.

Not alot.

They’re two separate words.

Two!!!

In honor of National Grammar Day, let’s have some fun with grammar, shall we?

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(I rest my case.)

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(I completely understand. I feel equally as passionate about this mix-up.)

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(Hahaha! Get it? Oh, never mind…)

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(I’m sorry… and you’re welcome.)

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(People who use commas properly are statistically less likely to be raging psychopaths. Need I say more?)

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(Off too [sic] funny we go!)

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(Never underestimate the powerful effect of using proper grammar!)

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(Sure, it’s a cheap shot, but it can be highly effective. Give it a try!)

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(Proof that it helps tremendously to be able to distinguish between homophones.)

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(The difference here may be subtle. On second thought, no. It’s glaringly obvious. Get your words straight if you want to avoid becoming dinner!)

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(Irony at its absolute finest.)

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(Likewise, “I’m sorry I hate you” could also benefit from a properly placed comma…)

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(Yoda is the only creature permitted to speak in such a grammatically disturbing manner. This is due solely to his unparalleled wisdom.)

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(Grammar is good! Grammar is your friend! Please, for the love of God, use grammar!)

Homophones seem to cause confusion for a surprisingly large chunk of the population.

For instance:

its/it’s, to/too/two, there/their/they’re, than/then, where/were, whose/who’s, apart/a part

Yes, these sets of words do sound identical.

That’s because they’re homophones…

Not because they’re words that share the same meaning and can be used interchangeably at one’s discretion.

Sorry, but it just doesn’t work that way.

Oh, and let’s talk about real words put together to form imaginary phrases.

Would of, should of, could of.

Uh…

Hello?!?

These phrases don’t make any sense!

Do you know why?

It’s because they don’t exist!

At least, not in the world of proper grammar.

(Would’ve, should’ve, and could’ve are the contractions for would have, should have, and could have.)

Now go impress someone special with your inoffensively impeccable grammar skills!

~Happy Friday, friends! And Happy National Grammar Day, for those of you who value proper grammar as much as I do. Have a phenomenal weekend!~

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82 thoughts on “Glamourless Grammar Galore

  1. So many memes on your/you’re, yet none about its/it’s? The latter is my major bane when my fingers are typing faster than my brain (which is 100% of the time). I will use the wrong case of its/it’s about 90% of the time… its just a fact of life for me! 😛

    They’re/their seems to throw me as well…. not that I don’t know when to use each one, but that there’s some kind of brain to hand malfunction that causes me to type the wrong one and I neglect to catch it…

    I will admit to this being the first time I’ve ever heard that “alot” is not a word. What!?!? That’s as blasphemous as saying “ain’t” ain’t a word!!!

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    • Ain’t ain’t no reel word! Ain’t be slang. 😛 And I am perfectly okay with using slang words. It’s mostly the misuse of homophones that drives me nuts.

      It’s/its did earn a mention in my list of easily confused homophones. I’m not sure why there’s not a plethora of memes for that one.

      A and lot are indeed words…just not when lumped together like that. Ain’t is probably more of an acceptable word than alot. 😛

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  2. In college I was recruited by several of my friends studying Engineering to help them work though these kinds of issues on their papers. They wound up making way more money than I. Bill them accordingly? Perhaps a tad late at this point. Wonder how many readers went to comment here but were deathly afraid they’d make an error? To be honest I see so many typos and grammar mistakes these days it’s more rare to NOT see them.

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    • O, know! I hope to many people where not putt off buy being fearful of righting a comment hear that not be grammatically correct. 😛

      In all fairness, I was deathly afraid of writing this post without making some ridiculously mortifying error, myself. 😀

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  3. Great list of grammar mistakes. I was taught that Alot was a monster and that was his first name. So unless you’re talking about the monster Alot, you use a lot. Very effective lesson because I still remember the cartoon monster that went with it. Alot was cute.

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    • I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Alot the Monster, but I think his presence would greatly help today’s youth learn how to distinguish between the name and the actual word.

      We should create some a whole line of unique monsters to create visuals for all those often confused words!

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  4. Unfortunately, those who need it the most are unaware of the National Grammar Day. They are equally unaware of grammar.
    Thank you for the graphics;with your permission, I will use them to terrorize my students.
    P.S. It’s not “your welcome” any more; it’s “ur welcome” – the benefits of modern technology.
    Yrs,
    Dolly

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  5. That was Write On, Sista! 😎 Great post. I am a fanatical logophile. I shared the alot pic on Facebook and wrote It’s National Grammar Day! Yep, that’s write. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  6. I do like proper grammar, but I can also appreciate that language is an evolving medium. Things that do not allow for change invariable stagnate – which is why we don’t speak like they did hundreds of years ago. 🙂
    Still, I like it when words are used correctly. Ours brains, on the other hand, really don’t care because they can work it out anyway, just try those problems where sentences are written backwards, upside down, without vowels etc.

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    • How did you guess? 😛

      When I write my blog posts, my style is more laid back, versus if I were to be writing a research paper. I do play around with sentence structure in ways that I know aren’t necessarily grammatically correct, simply because they create greater impact that way. Oh, and I have been known to toss in some slang here and there…

      The important thing is that I use all those words I just griped about (your/you’re, etc) correctly. 😛

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  7. What a refreshing posting! I spent many years teaching police recruits how to write sentences. These were college graduates, mind you… Towards the end of my career, I was a supervisor in an Intel Unit and was responsible for quality checking the analysts’ workups and reports. Again, college graduate’s. Could not written a sentence. Everything in fragments. All in passive voice. Should of saw it…!

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