Day 2, Thursday: Educate us on something you know alot about or are good at. Take any approach you’d like (serious and educational or funny and sarcastic)
First and foremost, “alot” is not a word. Now just give me a second while I wait for my blood to stop boiling and the urge to correct that error doesn’t cripple my fingers
Thank you for setting the mood and the agenda – Today, we talk about English.
Proper grammar and punctuation is essential, and people who type consistently without proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling REALLY REALLY REALLY BOTHER ME.
So please, use some of these lovely references the next time you’re putting together a blog post or an essay –
- Oxford English Dictionary – I suppose Dictionary.com works just fine but my NYU English Major snobbery requires that I look things up in the OED. It’s just ingrained in me.
- Online Writing Lab – In mockery of the above NYU pride, I am in love with the Purdue OWL – the Online Writing Lab provided by Purdue University.
I know I’m lecturing for no good reason (Other than that’s the point of today’s blog) and it was probably just an honest mistake, but it’s such a common one that I don’t think she realized she’s misusing the words!
Some mistakes I REALLY HATE include –
- Inappropriate (Misappropriate?) use of their, there, and they’re
- It’s and its, although I confess I’m really bad at telling them apart sometimes
- A lot. Not alot.
- Using “could of” or “would of”
- it’s wrong. WRONG. You may pronounce it that way, but the correct words are “could have” and “would have” or “could’ve” and “would’ve”
Thank you so much, Hyperbole and a Half, for teaching me how to deal with the pain.