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Hello, faithful readers (yeah, right...). As the title of my blog suggests, I do not see myself as a grammar nazi. I do, however, take time and effort to ensure that the literature I post is, at least, mostly free of grammatical error. I find that anything written in this manner is not only more easily legible, but more easily understood. It is difficult, if not impossible, to interpret someone's tone through what they type. With that said, allow me to state that this is in no way meant to "call out" those of you who choose not to take grammar into consideration when you write and/or type. This is merely a personal preference of mine. Therefore, this blog is meant exclusively for informative use only, and any offense you take to anything written here is formulated in your own mind, and is therefore your responsibility. No apologies will be issued, as it is my personal opinion that there is nothing to apologize for.

Recently, I've noticed the same grammatical infraction broken numerous times on numerous sites all across this information super-highway. The reason I chose to write about it this evening is because it's such a stupid mistake, that I find it completely ruins whatever blog post or user-created article I might be reading, and creates within me an inescapable urge to judge the author, often labeling him as uneducated, or even mentally handicapped. This feeling makes me uncomfortable, as I do not feel that I am qualified to judge anyone in any regard. It's not my place to do so. I assume that by shedding light on this issue, I can effectively reduce any instances in which this infraction may occur, thereby eliminating my urge to label those I do not know as something they may not be. The following is an example of said infraction:

"We have fun playing disc golf, but we hate it when newcomers trash are course."

The appropriate word here should be "our". Granted, the fact that these two words are homonyms can cause some confusion (homonyms are words that are pronounced exactly the same, but are spelled completely different, i.e. our/are and board/bored). So please, allow me to clarify these two words for you:

are - v. Second person singular and plural and first and third person plural present indicative of be.
Example: "You are here." or "Yes, we are.".

our - pronoun. A form of the possessive case of "we" used as an attributive adjective.
Example: "Our team is going to win." or "Do you mind our going on ahead?"

As you can see, these words are in no way interchangeable. They are entirely separate, linked together in no way other than their phonetic pronunciation. To use one in place of the other is not only inappropriate, it's entirely wrong.

As a human being, I am consistently made aware of our imperfection. Error is what makes us human. With that in mind, also remember that an error only becomes a mistake when you refuse to correct it. I've found that one is judged quite often on his grammar, both spoken and written. So, it is with the most profound respect that I post this blog, not to demean or humiliate, but to instruct and educate. You may continue to write as you always have, without any regard for what others think. In fact, you most certainly should. That is your right, and I encourage you to exploit it. I make to all of you a solemn promise that I will never point out your grammatical errors for the entire world to see. However, I cannot promise that I won't shake my head in disappointment when I see them.

YOUR FRIEND AND MINE-

---Jake

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Comment by edism on April 14, 2009 at 4:44pm
I agree totally. At least you are making an honest effort. That is all anybody can ask of another.
Comment by Linc Morgan on February 12, 2009 at 5:59pm
How about this example I see a lot. "Everybody in the group picked up there bag." Yuck! That is bad too! Oh look another example. A lot of people don't know the difference from to and too. How often is that misused? Even a lot gets spelled together. I'm with you on this my friend.
Comment by Discette on February 12, 2009 at 9:36am
Ewe our write on with this won.

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