Rarely does a day go by that I don’t spot a storefront sign, an online status update, or a memo at work that includes a glaring error of grammar, spelling, or punctuation.
• The RV place down the road from my house is selling hitch’s.
• The memo from the executive asks us to have our employees “include there employee number next to there signature.”
• The Facebook comment reads, “This is to funny.”
Although these mistakes are like visual nails on a chalkboard to me, a self-proclaimed grammar nerd, I cut them some
slack, because, well, these people aren’t proclaiming to be bastions of grammar and punctuation.
But woe to anyone who poses as an expert and then screws up—especially on Twitter.
Such was the case for one Twitter user who posted a message to foreign language speakers that read:
“your in america … speak english.”
Better advice: Learn your own language before you cast the first stone.
What followed was the creation of a Twitter account @yourinamerica
, to right the grammar wrongs in the world. The post shot back:
“It's ‘you're.’ As in, you're embarrassing yourself. RT @paigeparr: your in america...speak english.”
The creator of @yourinamerica
remains unknown, but his or her avatar is Captain America, suggesting a superhero-like effort to rid the world of linguistic errors. That is a Twitter account I can totally get behind.
readers, what’s the most egregious error you’ve seen in print or on signage recently? You, too, can throw on your cape and join the Grammar Posse.
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Eileen Burmeister is a corporate communicator and humor columnist in Southern Oregon. You can follow her on Twitter @EBurmeister, or you can read her blog at http://eileenburmeister.blogspot.com/.