January 23, 2011

English 101

Let's begin today's class with irregardless. Okay, technically it is a word but it is an illogical one. The prefix ir means 'not' and the suffix less means 'without' therefore creating a double negative within the word (thank you Wikipedia!). Now I may have spent my formative years down south but even I know double negatives are a no-no. I'd like to take this opportunity to declare that y'all and ain't are words no matter what a yankee might believe.

When expressing your lack of emotion over something please say I couldn't care less rather than I could care less. I could care less is saying that you do, in fact, care. That little n't contraction is very important in this scenario.

Let's move on to writing, shall we? There are enormous differences in the meanings of the words their, there, and they're. Same with you're and your. And with through and threw.

Class dismissed!


CBW said...

Oh, how the ex-English-teacher-from-the-South in me loves grammar tip blogs! Thank you! I started doing weekly tips on mine for a while, but it didn't last long because it was just too overwhelming to correct all the language butchering out there. That and the fact that I am lazy beyond belief.

Carrie said...

It's amazing how few people actually grasp these concepts. Or so it seems.

Ordie O. said...

And (this for the Southerners in the crowd) just because a word has the letter "s" anywhere in the last syllable it doesn't denote a plural as in this fashion: "All furniture must go! (this was an ad on a local tv station) We have bookshelves, dressers, beds, desk...". Desk? Seriously? Only one? Or this one I heard from a prominent attorney in town: "If you lose you're license, you'll have a long time getting them back". Them? Really? That whole law school/bar exam thing was all just a bunch of bullshit, right?

Brandy Wilcoxen said...

There and Their, has always been a pet peeve of mine.

Opto-Mom said...

I agree! Except (not accept) I think it's spelled y'all - a contraction for you all.

It takes me forever to text, because I just can't bring myself to type stuff like "sum" instead of "some" and "ur" instead of "your." UGH!

Unknown said...

Welcome Back!!

I love the grammar lesson. Unfortunately, those of us sophisticated (awesome) enough to enjoy your humor, are more likely to understand these principles. You need to post this on Myspace... if you even have one anymore.

Do you watch Modern Family? Mitchell had a beautiful grammar rant on the episode "Slow Down Your Neighbors"; which was a grammar themed episode, really. I want to post that clip all over my interwebs so bad! They're really stingy with clips over at ABC though.

P.S. - Do you have any Grey Poupon? Hahahahahaha!

Lorie Shewbridge said...

OMG... these are some of the things that really bother me. Especially the: your and you're.
People also need to know that there is a difference between "y'all" and "all y'all" - one is singular, the other plural.

ummmhello said...

Thank you, for making me feel more normal about my obsession with simple English rules. And my need to correct others when they break these rules so dear to my heart.