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Everyday Meteorologists

September 21, 2012

It never ceases to amaze me the things that get put into print.

I always wonder what happened to the editor?
People misuse “your” and “you’re” at an alarming rate. “They’re,” “their” and “there” are also frequently misused*.
Another common mistake is “every day” and “everyday.”
People love to use “everyday” when they really mean “every day.” As in, happening every day.
“Everyday” means commonplace or encountered routinely, not  “happening every day.”
Examples:
I want to eat gelato every day. Two words.
Everyday life can become monotonous if you get stuck in a boring routine. One word.

Different words, people. They mean different things.

This morning I read this on the back of a cereal box:

I know what they are trying to say. But that doesn’t make it correct.

*The apostrophe is replacing a letter. That letter is “a.” It’s not there just for fun. It means something. “You’re” is being used instead of saying “you are” – hence, “you’re”
“They’re” is being used instead of saying “they are” – hence, “they’re.”
So it’s not “they’re car” because that would be like saying “they are car.” They are not a car.
Some people are afraid of misusing an apostrophe, so they just don’t ever use them. It’s always “your” and “there” or “their.”
“There” never refers to people. Hence, it’s not “there car.” Unless you want to sing ‘Old MacDonald Had a Used Car Lot’ and then it would be” “here a car, there a car.” But never there car.
Their and they’re refer to people. Not there.

English rant over. The end.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 24, 2012 8:37 am

    Hahahahahaah…this was AWESOME. And your a good english teacher. hahha I mean, “you’re.” 😉

  2. September 28, 2012 11:56 am

    Haha, thanks.
    Another pet peeve…People using “apart” when they mean “a part” – TOTALLY opposite meanings, yet people get that wrong ALL the time!

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