Monday, June 17, 2013

I not Y; Then not Than

Many things in this world bug me. Injustice towards women and children, politicians without morals, greedy mining magnates who try to control the media, Rupert Murdoch, people who don't say please or thank you... the list is seemingly endless.

Some of the things that bug me are relatively minor.  Or should be. But they eat away at me and drive me nuts.  

The main one that's been bugging me for the last few days falls into the "actually shouldn't be a thing but it is" category.  Yes, I'm talking about my old pals, spelling and grammar.  They've been abused quite badly the last few days; mostly by my Facebook friends.  I don't know quite why it gets to me so much, but it does. And since I can't really go ballistic about it on Facebook, because I don't want to offend these people who are (seemingly) ignorant as to their faux pas, I really need to get it off my chest somewhere. I'd hazard a guess that there's about four people who read this blog who are actually my friend on FB (and none of them are perpetrators of this particular crime!) so I'm not terribly worried about venting here.

Anyway.  Let me provide you with a couple of examples of these grammatical transgressions:

1. Then vs Than
I have one particular friend whose status updates read like a shopping list of her daily achievements (or on the weekends, her social diary).  I have no issue with this per say, however her constant misuse of conjunctions drives me insane.  "Grocery shopping, than getting a haircut, than a manicure, than lunch with the girls, than beach time...". Part of me just wants to write "THEN NOT THAN YOU MUPPET!" in the comments section, but I'm a little too polite.

2. You're vs Your and It's vs Its
"Wow, look at you're new hair"; "Your going to love the show, its great"; "We took it's collar off for cleaning".  

'Nuff said.

3. Names (and how to spell them)
My name is spelled with an 'i' at the end, instead of the more common 'y'. I won't go into the reasons for this, but suffice to say, this spelling has been in place for almost 30 years. Both my work and personal email addresses require the use of the 'i', but this doesn't prevent people from then addressing me in the body of the email using the 'y' variant.  Grrrrr.  It's not rocket science.  Still, at least I'm not being insulted in the same way as two of the (historical) characters from Jesus Christ Superstar, which I (and several of my friends) saw over the weekend. My personal favourite mis-spelled name was 'Pilot' (for Pontius Pilate), followed closely by 'Kyaphus' (for Caiaphas).   I realise that not everyone grew up going to church or being beaten over the head with a bible like I was, but please. There was a cast board out front and really?  We live in the age of Google.  I said it once, I'll say it again.

It's not rocket science.

(Sometimes, I read back what I've written and think to myself "I really do need to lighten up and get a life".  Then I realise it's all blog fodder, shrug and hit the 'publish' button.)

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