Monday, May 30, 2011

I'm a Grammar Snob: V1 - Homophones

In my family and friends one thing I am known for is how particular I am about proper grammar and correct spelling. I am something of a snob about it! After reading everyone's Fashion/Beauty Friend Friday posts last week, regarding blog pet peeves, I have been reflecting on my own blog pet peeves {I was unable to participate that week}. My biggest pet peeve by far, is seeing common grammatical and spelling mistakes in blog posts!! I can understand the occasional error, but I see at least one of the following mistakes each time I read through the blogs I'm following. Not only in blogging but these common mistakes are all over the place on Facebook statuses, when I'm corresponding through email and worst of all, online news sites including NY Times!! As adults who have more than likely all made it through elementary school where we learned all of these grammar rules, I feel these mistakes should be few and far between in blogging! So, over the next few weeks or so, I will be posting a series titled, 'I'm A Grammar Snob' weekly, on Monday. 


IT'S --> Can be substituted for 'it is' --> It's raining outside. 
ITS --> Cannot be substituted for 'it is' --> The apple has lost its flavor. 
ITS' --> never use this!

TWO --> a number --> There are two stores on the corner.
TOO --> "also" or "in excess" --> The store is too far away.
TO --> all other uses --> I am going to the store on the corner.

YOUR --> belongs to you --> Your bagel is on the counter.
YOU'RE --> "You are" could substitute in a sentence --> Here is a bagel since you're hungry.

THEY'RE --> Can substitute for "they are" --> They're coming over today.
THEIR --> belongs to them --> I'm spending the day at their house.
THERE --> a destination --> Her house there on the corner. 

LOSE --> the act of losing --> Did you lose your game today?
LOOSE --> opposite of tight --> The pants fell down because they were too loose on me.

THEN --> pertaining to time --> We went shopping, then out to dinner.
THAN --> comparison --> Those shoes are more expensive than the pairs in the last row. 

SITE--> location --> My web site is listed below. 
SIGHT --> vision --> There was not one pair of shoes in sight

Here is a site with hundreds of homophones {words that sound alike but have different meanings & spellings}

Stay Tuned! 
Next week is V2: Superfluous Apostrophes!! 
Which of these do you commonly mix up?

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  1. Haha! Love this post! I hope I never made these mistakes :P 

    ♡ from © 

  2. hahaha I've made grammar mistakes before without realizing it and when I re-read a post I aways go back and edit it as quick as possible and hope no one noticed! I used to be a copy editor for a newspaper o it really irks me!

  3. Ha! I also think proper grammar and spelling is a must, and cringe at times when I see mistakes like those you listed above. I overlook mistakes when I see them in posts from bloggers who rarely make them, but blogs that are riddled with improper grammar are too difficult for me to read.

  4. Since I am an English Masters student with a concentration in grammar, I would like to give you a digital standing ovation for this post.  Poor grammar makes me DIE.  It leads me to distrust the person and think they are, for lack of a better term, an idiot.
    I am also a very judgmental, critical person. 
    I freely admit this. @GlamKitten88 

  5. Girl, I FEEL you!! It makes me die too!! :)

  6. It really is a must!! I can overlook it as well, but when it's chronic I stop reading the blog! 

  7. I know, I hate that!! I have gone back and noticed a mistake too, and I always wish I could rewind time so no one saw it. haha!

  8. Great post.  I read over my post many times.  I try hard to be as grammatically correct as possible but I know I am not perfect.

  9. Honestly, I love this post.  Everytime I see a spelling error or someone write "their" instead of "there" or any other similiar error, I cringe.  I really hope you've never seen any of this on my blog!

  10. This post is well over due. You should submit it to links a la mode, the word needs to be spread! I don't have the best grammar, but I try to be mindful and edit my posts a couple of times before hitting publish. This post will be a reference the next time I'm confused over a homophone :P

  11. I cringe too!! haha. And no, dear, I don't think I've seen any of this on your blog. The thing is, I let it slide once or twice, but when it's chronic or all over in one post, I'm over the blog! 

  12. Ooohhhh! Good idea! Thanks, girl! I just submitted it earlier! Thanks!! :)

  13. Love this post.  I'm also a grammar snob, so I appreciate this post! 

  14.  This is totally a pet peeve of mine, too.

    One I see all over the blogs is "peak" (like a mountain) when they mean "peek" (like sneaking a look at something).

  15. Everyone needs to read this! And I mean EVERYONE! I'm a grammar snob too and it turns me off (slightly. just slightly) when I read blog entries with mistakes like "if your interested, she's interested to (also)," etc, because good fashion and bad grammar don't mix well. :)


  16. I get so annoyed when I read a post that are full of mistakes like these! I actually just stop reading and click myself out of blogs because of it. And English is not my first language. That said: I'm also scared I'll make the same ones ^^,

    Great post, about time someone brought it up ^^,

  17. I completely agree. I cringe when I see typical grammar or spelling errors in blog posts.

    That being said, article and blog post names and anything in quotes has to have two quotation marks. You only use one quotation mark around a word or phrase when it is inside another set of quotation marks.

    So, over the next few weeks or so, I will be posting a series titled, 'I'm A Grammar Snob' weekly, on Monday. 
    --> So, over the next few weeks or so, I will be posting a series titled, "I'm A Grammar Snob" weekly, on Monday. 

    Just to add to the fun :-)

  18. Argh I hate seeing these things on blogs! (Obviously I forgive the person if English is not their first language, but usually those people are less likely to make the above errors, having actually learned grammar properly).  We're all entitled to the occasional typo, but as you say, these basic errors happen way too often.

    And my absolute most hated mistake is one I encounter quite frequently: people writing "without further adieu."  Are you kidding me?  Since when did that become a French saying?  How does that even make any sense?  Grrrr.

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