Thursday, May 2, 2013

Blog every day in May: Day 2

Educate us on something you know about or are good at. (Take any approach you like, serious, educational, funny or sarcastic)

The other day a friend of mine while reading through tweets or Facebook posts, I am not sure which, came upon this, "People mise well believe that too."

Take a Moment.

Go ahead....


I'll give you another second...

OH, you got it? Yes, people MIGHT AS well believe that too (hey at least they were able to differentiate between TOO and TO, right?) Now I understand the Internet is not the most literate of places, and I have come to accept that, for the most part...begrudgingly, but sometimes....SOMETIMES...I have to think to myself, did none of these people pass the fifth grade? Hey, I'm not looking for doctorate fellows, individuals applying for MENSA or even someone applying to attend technical college, just please have PASSED THE FIFTH GRADE! Now I could veer this in the direction of our failing school system and whether or not they even bother teaching proper grammar or spelling these days...but I digress, I am merely here to educate you on the proper usage of THERE, THEIR AND THEY'RE. I won't go into why "mise" is not a word in the English language, no matter how many times you mispronounce something, nor will I try to convince you that it takes a mere half a second more to type out YOU instead of U or ARE instead of R. But for heaven's sake can people stop using the wrong word altogether?! Yes they SOUND the same, but we aren't speaking to each other, we're typing, and yes, those words mean different things when typed out. 

Here I will try to give you the simplest way to differentiate which word is appropriate for what meaning you are trying to convey.

Let's begin with that word over THERE. Now take away the T and you have HERE, so it's not HERE it's THERE. THERE refers to a place. Simple, yes?

Now let us try that word THEY'RE reading. Folks....if you are not trying to say THEY ARE....don't use the word THEY'RE. It's a contraction, a shortened version of THEY ARE. That's it. The ( ' ) replaces the A in the word ARE.

Finally we have, THEIR, meaning belongs to them. This book is THEIR book. Now take away the (T)heir and you have HEIR, meaning a person who is receiving or entitled to something. Therefore, just remember if it's belonging to someone always use THEIR.

Got it?

*Breathes* I feel better now.

DISCLAIMER. This was all meant in good fun. No, I am not perfect, of course I make errors when I type, but for heavens sake, at least use spell check and read through something before you share it with the ENTIRE UNIVERSE. Yes, aliens can read your tweets.


  1. YES, A WOMAN AFTER MY OWN TASTES! I understand typos once in a while and make them myself, but I agree with you wholeheartedly. My rant was about the same thing. When people misuse words due to ignorance, it really reallyyy pisses me off.

    1. *high five* I fear for the day when internet abbreviations become common place *ugh*