Bad Things: (Very) Public Grammatical Errors

My number one pet peeve. Today I signed up for an account with a website that shall remain nameless, and after I logged in I was taken to my new homepage. On the top, in big bold letters, it said:

“Welcome! Because this is you’re first time here, take a look around and get familiar with the awesome stuff you can do with you’re homepage.” 

Yikes. Clearly, the content editor of this website wasn’t into “Schoolhouse Rock” as a youth. “You’re” is a contraction. A contraction is when you squoosh two words together. Contractions are easy to spot, because they have an apostrophe in them that takes the place of a letter. You are = youare = you’re. See? “Your” is the possessive form of “you.” Unless you are from New Jersey, in that case, I believe the correct possessive form of you is “yous.” So: YOUR education, YOUR reading level, YOUR intelligence.

“Another,” however, is not a contraction. Wanna know how I know? It doesn’t have an apostrophe in it. So you can’t just split up “another” and make it into two words, like people frequently do with “a whole nother.” I get it – it rolls right off your tongue. But it is so far from correct it’s unbelievable. And when you write it out, it just doesn’t look right, Amiright? And when you type it out, take note of the red squiggly line that appears under “nother,” and remember that it is not a word. And when you sing it in world-wide hit song? That’s just crossing the line. When I first heard Katy Perry’s “E.T.” I loved it, despite the strong pro-sexual assault undertones. I also noticed that in the hook of the song, it REALLY sounded like she was saying “you’re from a whole nother world, a different dimension.” But I was like, no way could that have been allowed. No way! She’s definitely saying “a whole other.” It certainly would have gone unnoticed to Kanye West, but there’s no way this blatant grammatical error would have been passed over by the writers, producers, record executives, etc. WRONG. When she performed on American Idol a few weeks ago, I watched closely as she was singing/pretending to sing, and there was no mistaking the fact that she was actually saying “nother.” Then, I saw the music video, and she does it there, too, ever so subtly, around the 2:20 mark. Before you watch – let me just tell you that this was one of the weirdest music videos I’ve ever seen. And I’ve seen every single Lady Gaga music video. Honestly, it just keeps getting weirder and weirder until the very end and then you’re like…oh, this must be a joke. They’re trying to be funny.

It’s hard for me to listen to this song now, as catchy as it is. Especially with Tom around, who often sings “YOU’RE FROM A WHOOOOLE NOTHER NOTHER, A WHOOOOLE NOTHER NOTHER,” loudly over Mrs. Perry. Mrs. Brand? Who cares.


6 thoughts on “Bad Things: (Very) Public Grammatical Errors

  1. “Irregardless” and “alot” are the 2 that drive me crazy. They are NOT words. What makes me crazier is that “irregardless” is in the dictionary (it says improper use of regardless) BUT because it’s in the dictionary it doesn’t get the red squiggly “this is not a word” line under it. Aaaaaarrrrrgggghhhh !!!

  2. Will you continue and write about everyone now overusing “I”? When someone refers to themselves as “I” just because another person’s being referenced, it’s not always correct. “Bring it to John and I”. NO NO NO. Take away “John” and everyone would know how wrong this is. It’s, “Bring it to John and me”. It seems simple enough but people just don’t get it. And what irks me even more is that those who use it think they’re being so smart and think I’m the moron for not using it. It was hard for me to listen to Haley’s first song last week on American Idol because it contained the phrase “Something about baby you and I”. It drove me nuts. And she’s my favorite!

  3. How about when people who are supposed to be pretty smart, like newscasters and politicians, say “just between you and I”. THAT makes me want to rip my ears off my head and put them in the garbage disposal!

  4. Ah…finally someone that shares my pet peeve! You’re great at your job. Really…how hard is that? :) I’m totally following you after this post!

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