Thursday, March 11, 2010

Your Friendly English Teacher

In this age of Facebook communication, Twitter-pating, and txt msgs, proper usage of the English language seems to have gone the way of the dinosaur.

Bad English angers this particular dinosaur.

Here is my list of mistakes you will not make when communicating with me, please and thank-you.

Lose/Loose - You do not loose your ring. You do not loose track of time. Your clothing is not lose. Lose = to not win. Loose = to set free; not tight fitting. Correct usage: "I will loose the Hounds of Hell on you if you lose your ring because it is too loose." Wrong usage: "OMG, lol, like how in the world did i just loose my phone, now how can i txt my bfffe? (I saw this the other day, what the h*ll is a bfffe?)"

You're/Your/Yore - Your is possessive. You're is a contraction which is substituting for 'you are'. Yore is a long time ago. So it's, "No honey, those pants don't make your butt look big. You're beautiful." Guys especially, remember this.

To/Too - To is a preposition. This means it is a linking work for nouns, pronouns, etc... It does NOT signify 'as well'. As in, "No honey, those pants don't make your butt look too big. It's time to go." Guys especially, remember the grammar rule but strike any part of this phrase from your vocabulary.

There are others but I will leave it at this. I think you get the point. Never at any point are any of these interchangeable.

I feel better now.


Jill said...

Thank you!

Janis said...

haha. your a lose cannon.

Eric said...

I prefer the term maverick. Like John McCain.

Michelle said...

How about "Give it to Mr.Jones or myself." This one drives me nuts!

Amanda Brown said...

I'm the same way!
You forgot its/it's/its. Always used incorrectly! Ugh.