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I've noticed the rampant misuse, even among those who claim to be writers, of the word "your," on this forum and everywhere else (both on the net and in "real" magazines and books). "Your" means "belonging to you," as in, "That is your opinion."



However, it is almost constantly being misused to mean "you are," as in, "Tell me if your going to buy it." The correct spelling here is the contraction, "you're," which is, of course, short for "you are." An occasional typo is one thing, but, particularly for those of us who claim to be writers/authors, constant grammatical offenses like this should be avoided and shunned.



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I’m anal right behind you. Smile



Oops! Smile Didn’t mean it that way.



There are several classic Jr. High School gramatical issues that arise on the Net. I find it unbelievable but must allow for thoughts to get through without judging the grammar too heavily.



There are several different reasons for such misuse of the language. Not all are laziness.



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Your kidding me!

;)

I am guilty of this constantly. But somehow I still sleep at night Smile



It is one of those things that I try like heck to remember, but just can’t..... or is it, just cannot? Smile



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100 bonus points for the source of that line???





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Abbott and Costello? The 3 stooges?
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I vote for the three stooges
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Or could it be a vent. line Smile
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50 points for Scott! Only 50 because you took two guesses Smile

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Alright you guys, now you're all being silly!

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"Alright you guys, now you're all being silly!"



114 bonus points for the original source of this line.



Hint: It's not Steve Smile



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I guess I am classified as anal too. Try looking at how many times people say ATM machine (ATM stands for 'automated teller machine' for those who don't know). How about 'PIN number'? I have even seen ATM's that say "enter your PIN number". Even more anal of me: hot water heater, SAT test, VIN number.
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How about "shopaholic"? It obviously is based on alcoholic, from the word alcohol. So how does -holic fit in with shopping?
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On 2002-03-22 13:04, lesterkirad wrote:
Try looking at how many times people say ATM machine


AAAHHHH!!!! That drives me batty too!

Two more items from the Department of Redundancy Department: UPC code and DAT tape. Any others we're missing?

And yes, the your/you're thing makes my teeth hurt as well.

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How about their, there, and they're? You see those get monkeyed up quite a bit.

But the one that really gets my goat:

irregardless

You realize that ain't even a word.

(At least "ain't" is in the dictionary Smile )
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Smile That ain't nutin, how bout, how r u doin?
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My personal pet peeve that everybody always thinks I'm crazy about (and which I've posted at that other magic board I moderate at: Smile is people who use "that" when they mean "who". For example, in that last sentence, they would have said, "People that use...." Argh! It could be "Dogs that", "boxes that", but it's "people who"!!!!

That, and when you use a dash--like this--you should use two hyphens if you can't use an actual dash, and no spaces around it. If I had a dime for every time I saw it done wrong - like this - or even -- gasp -- like this...
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I agree with many of the posts, but do you all realize that language, and its rules, are fluid. The rules of language change from generation to generation due to overuse of any broken rule. That's why "ain't" is in the dictionary. Some of the things you have a pet peeve about now will eventually become a standard.
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I agree to a certain extent Greg, but let me share a quote from an e-mail from a 13 year old - "i am going 2 send some1 i am going 2 write 1 2 ----- and rite after i am going 2 write them"

Welcome to the future of the English language.

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It really gets me when people say things like..."lol" or "brb" in talking in person.
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On 2002-03-24 14:11, spfranz wrote:
I agree to a certain extent Greg, but let me share a quote from an e-mail from a 13 year old - "i am going 2 send some1 i am going 2 write 1 2 ----- and rite after i am going 2 write them"

Scott, on that one, blame Prince. But I'm sure things of that nature might become more common... sorry to give you the bad news. You realize at one point there will be a generation that will not be able to look at a regular clock and tell the time because they will be use to digital... no more hands to move with your powers. Language will change and we will feel it is wrong, but it will change.

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On 2002-03-24 12:19, Greg Arce wrote:
I agree with many of the posts, but do you all realize that language, and its rules, are fluid.


I wish my seventh grade English teacher had known that.
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