I'm not sure what I find more appalling, the idea of deep fried Oreos, or that apostrophe in the three signs pictured above.
Friday Quiz: Quick, how many grammatical, punctuation and/or usage mistakes can you find in the following paragraph?
So, like, he snuck up and, like, yelled at her to lay down and, like, it literally effected, like, there relationship alot. You know they should of, like, ended it than because if it was myself I would of, like, told him that him and me were so finished because how can too people like ourselfs, like, insure this will never happen again? I don't mean to sound judgemental, but its not like I disserve this because I'm not the one literally running around getting more tattoo's "every" weekend ...
Okay, okay, I realize this example is over the top, but I have seen every one of these mistakes in places where you would expect better (various consultant websites, blogs targeting business customers, emails from alleged professionals, etc.).
Is it just because I went to law school, or is my intolerance of such mistakes just a sign of my age? (Even in law school I was stunned by my younger peers' use of the word "like" in every sentence of their responses in class. Maybe I missed that part of the Socratic method?)
True, language does evolve (or deteriorate?) over time. Take Mom's frequent admonishment to us as kids, "there is no such word as snuck." Now there is; many dictionaries no longer even state that sneaked is the preferred form.
Nevertheless, I simply refuse to order my dog to "lay down" regardless of what the trainer says.
But lately I've been questioning my tendency to judge. Sure, finding mistakes in the speech or writing of others can make me feel smug about perhaps being better educated and (dare I even say) somewhat intellectually superior to others. (Don't lawyers deserve to feel this way for having endured law school? No? What about the six figures most of us are still paying off for the experience? This has to be worth something ...)
But after the temporary ego boost from finding such flaws is over, do these criticisms of others actually boost my own happiness?
Would it really matter if someday we simply got rid of the distinction between its and it's?
(I still cringe at the thought, but I'm working on it.)
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Do you notice others' mistakes in writing or speaking? Does it make you think less of them as people? Would you hesitate to hire someone who has such mistakes on their website? Do you have any pet peeves? And how many errors did you find in the quiz?