I never saw myself as a grammar nazi. I make mistakes. We all do when writing. We also use short cuts like ‘u’ for you and so on. To me that is acceptable. I know that I am clueless about commas. I have no idea where commas go so I kind of make it up as I go along. This too must annoy comma nazis. However….
Just recently I have become really quiet appalled at the mistakes people make in written English. Many of these people are totally unaware that they make mistakes too, which makes it even worse. The ones that really, really bug me are as follows;
1. There, Their, They’re
2. Were, Where, We’re and, would you believe – Wear?
3. To, Too, Two
4. Your, You’re
5. Peek, Pique, Peak
6. It’s, Its
There are others but it these particular examples that crop up over and over again.
I think the problem is that once you start to notice something because it irritates you, you begin to see it everywhere. All of a sudden, incorrect usage of words seem to pounce out at and jump on you, fists flailing. You find them laying in wait causing a gritting of teeth and tightening of the sphincter as the blood pressure rises bit by bit.
It’s a plot I tell you! A plot!
And it just serves to remind me that we do really create our own reality through the way that we interact and perceive things. If you give something permission to bug you then all of a sudden the Universe decides….. let’s get that Bastard.