Saturday, May 22, 2010

They're over there in their house

If the title didn't give it away, I'm a little perturbed about spelling and proper word usage. Chances are, you have read several of my blogs already and can appreciate the fact that I use more words than are generally necessary. I like having a large vocabulary. I'm proud of my command of the English language and I very well understand that not everyone is me. People don't all have the ability to incorporate extensive word usage into daily life and many people simply don't care about it in the first place. That's fine.

However, that does not exempt you from properly using the 6 words you do know. I spend about 18 hours a day in front of a computer screen. I read MANY words each day. There are going to be typographical errors along the way. We all slip up and make a mistake or "fat finger" while typing and hit extra letters or mishit a key. I get that. There is an enormous difference between making an honest mistake while typing and simply not knowing how to speak English.

For instance... there, their, they're. They're is the easy one. It's short for "they are." Plain and simple. There is the location. Their is possessive and shows ownership. People quite often say "my friends say there at a bar." or "they lost there keys." Are you fucking kidding me? Do you not know the difference?

Another peeve is to, two, and too. Ok. Most people don't type two and use 2 instead. Let's focus on to and too. Didn't you learn in school that too means also or as well. It means more of some and that's why it has an extra "o." Well, that's not nearly why, but that's how it's taught.

Oh yeah... it's. It's short for "it is." Its is another possessive. It's over there. Instead of "the dog lost its bone." Fucking figure it out.

And dare correct someone on these items and they get defensive, "same thing, you knew what I meant." Of course I did... I'm actually intelligent. I was able to decipher your 1st grade shit. The other one I like is, "I learned that so many years ago. I don't remember that." You also learned that Washington D.C. is the capitol of the United States and that 3x5=15 so many years ago but you remember them. I'm not buying your brand of bullshit. You're an idiot and you'd rather get defensive about your idiocy instead of fixing it.

When did it become ok to be dumb and in some arenas, even cool. I understand that nerds get picked on high school. Remember one thing, that nerd just bought the business you work for. That nerd isn't reading your stupidity online because he/she is running a company. That nerd is a somebody. You're a misspelling nobody.

I make mistakes. Truly I do. I've hit the backspace key 100 times while writing this. It's also 2:45am and I had a bunch of beers, but that is not the point. The point is that while I make mistakes, I would say that 99 times out of 100 I know I made it and I correct it. If there's a typo in here and you point it out, I won't bitch about it. I'll go fix it.

If you can't spell antidisestablishmentarianism, I understand. If you don't know the difference between there, their, and they're then you're a fucking moron. Why is this important enough for me to blog about? Maybe I should just use context clues, figure out what you mean, shut up and read it. Well I've done it all along and will have to continue to do it, lest I force myself to repeat this message daily, nay hourly. So why say it at all?

Social media. We are all connected. Just a few years ago, I was in the minority as someone who published content to the web. I had like 7 websites and most of my viewers didn't have any. Now with myspace for the teens that still use it, Facebook for the people who don't care about privacy and still use it, Twitter, FriendFeed, Google Buzz and the billions of emails that are exchanged each day; we are connected more than ever. Guess what? It's not gonna go away or slow down. The rate at which we connect won't even stay the same. It's going to go up. We will connect to more people, more often, and in more ways. Maybe you should sound like a functioning member of society, huh?

Privacy is going away. Transparency is on the rise. Connections are growing exponentially. Your next boss might be in your information grid already. Keep misspelling simple words and that next boss will teach you when to ask, "would you like fries with that?"

By the way, you're and your are two different words. Your brains are underdeveloped and you're all morons. See how easy that is? Now figure it out or be condemned to a life of ridicule, mostly by me. Seriously though, sounding like you have an IQ of a sweet potato that doesn't speak English as a first language is not attractive, it won't make you money and is just a ridiculous concept.

Dictionary.com is FREE, dopes... free. Now stop this shit.

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