The Grammar Belle

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You’re Driving Us Nuts

Hey, y’all. I thank ya kindly for stopping by once again.

As my dear friend Julie once said, “There’s spell check, but not idiot check.” It’s so true. And that brings me to today’s topic, one that I have received numerous requests for: YOUR vs. YOU’RE.

Now, I know we all make a typo here and there, a slip of the finger . . . trust me, I’ve made PLENTY! I’m not talking to y’all. I’m talking to you folks who never (EVER) use “you’re.” It’s as if you were absent in 1st grade when they covered that one and you never did your makeup homework. You know who you are. (If you’re reading this, you are very likely not one of those people. But you know them, so you may want to anonymously share this with them.)

Honestly, the easiest way to figure out if you should be typing “you’re” or “your” is to substitute the phrase “you are.” If it makes sense, then you need the contraction! Simple, right? Then why in the world aren’t you doing it? You’re (see what I did there?) making many, many people crazy with your (once again!) Facebook posts. Many people. Not just the grammar bloggers and English teachers and editors. You are driving entire populations of people nuts. So please stop. Let Vanna show you the apostrophe, buy a vowel, and start using “you’re” when it’s called for. Thanks a bunch.

You’re welcome, y’all.

My “driving” headline reminded me that while driving to lunch yesterday I saw an 18-wheeler that had tumped over on the service road. And as I type that, I wonder if other parts of the country talk about things “tumping over.” For example, when I rode too fast, I often tumped over on my tricycle. Or once when my cousin was pushing me around in a wheelbarrow, it tumped over on me. Is this a universal phrase or just a Southern one? Enlighten me, y’all.

21 comments on “You’re Driving Us Nuts

  1. sagewhisk
    September 26, 2012

    Grammarbelle, you’re so funny! I totally agree with your post!!

    • The Grammar Belle
      September 26, 2012

      Thanks, JenniBoat! I still haven’t tried your Strawberry-Walnut Muffins. I hope to fit that in this weekend! I’ve added you to my blog roll, so we’ll all be expecting some more yummy recipes soon. 🙂

  2. Diane
    September 26, 2012

    Definately a southern thing! We moved to St. Louis when I was in high school and let. E assure you NO ONE says tumped over. I am reminded of this each time I use it!

    • The Grammar Belle
      September 27, 2012

      Thanks for schoolin’ me on this, Diane! And thanks so much for reading. Stop by again soon!

  3. mamarific
    September 27, 2012

    Oh my word, “your welcome” drives me cray-cray. Thank you for addressing it. Am hoping some offenders see it and repent! Great post.

    • The Grammar Belle
      September 27, 2012

      I should have used “cray-cray” in my headline! Thanks for reading. Come back soon!

  4. C-Rob
    September 28, 2012

    You’re on your own with “tumped over”. I’ve never in my life heard that . . . and I’m from ’round here.

    • The Grammar Belle
      October 1, 2012

      Court, Deb uses “tumped over” and she’s an Okie like you! Hmmmmm . . . perhaps it’s regional AND generational. Now I feel old.

  5. ourmom
    September 28, 2012

    I’m about the oldest redneck I know and I had to check Merriam-Webster on this one. I think I have heard it, I don’t recall ever using it. It is a verb, chiefly Southern usually used with over as in tumped over. The first use was in 1967, my limited vocabulary was pretty much set long before that. FWIW Word didn’t recognize it.

  6. ourmom
    September 28, 2012

    I should have thanked you and complimented you for addressing the use of your and you’re; sorry for the oversight. I can’t wait for there, their and they’re. You should really have fun with those.

    • The Grammar Belle
      October 1, 2012

      No thanks or compliments needed! I just appreciate that you’re stopping by to read. 🙂

  7. Laura
    October 2, 2012

    Growing up in New England, living in California, I never heard of “tumped over.” But as a kid, when I rode in a wheelbarrow with my brother in charge of the handles, I was more than once dumped over.

    • The Grammar Belle
      October 2, 2012

      Whether you are tumped or dumped, the pain is the same! Dang wheelbarrows! What were we thinking?

  8. Gretchen Jerge Field
    October 6, 2012

    I love to use Swype on my phone, but it NEVER recognizes “your.” It will only offer up “yore.” Truly, who properly uses “yore” more than “your”? My fear is that more people have chosen to use “yore” as a phonetic substitute for “your.” Gives me the shivers every time.

    BTW, I grew up in Texas, although my parents were Yankees. I went to high school with you. I don’t believe I had ever heard the expression “tumped over” before you used it on your blog. However, I understood exactly what you meant. It’s like a combination of tipped and dumped.

    I haven’t heard your voice in, well, a long time, but it comes right back to me when I read your blog. I love it!

    • The Grammar Belle
      October 8, 2012

      YORE?? Dear Lord. I am thinking, perhaps, “tumped” is very limited . . . I learned it from cousins in Arkansas. Go figure! I assume so many phrases and words are Southernisms just because my family used ’em! And as for your sweet compliment, thanks so much! Hope we can cross paths sometime very soon.

  9. Shelley Smith
    October 20, 2012

    GB, I was born in OK (early 60’s) and spent 25 years in Texas. I grew up with “tumped over”! My cousins and I have had many conversations about the proper use of “tumped” and “dumped” . . .and we always chose tumped.
    BTW, want to thank Ann Waldrop for sharing your page. . .I’m a closet grammar nazi, so truly appreciate your boldness in addressing the issues in blog, and so WELL, I might add!

    • The Grammar Belle
      October 22, 2012

      Thanks for stopping by, Shelley! And a big thanks to my sweet friend Ann for sending you. 🙂 If you have any topics you want me to cover, just holler!

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  12. Saundra hughes
    April 2, 2014

    Hope you read comments on old posts!
    Tumped. I love that word. Oklahoma from age 0-18with mom and grandparents, aunts, etc. raised there. But there is one thing I don’t understand. I don’t think large things like trucks can tump over. Smaller things likes kids’ wagons.yes.
    My husband grew up in Texas and he never heard tump.
    In my opinion stob is almost as good as tump.

    • The Grammar Belle
      April 2, 2014

      I read any and all comments, Saundra! Thanks so much for stopping by–and for taking the time to write. I can honestly say I don’t know the rules for “tumped.” 😉 In the 1970s in Texas and Arkansas, just about anything was capable of tumping over! Stob? That’s one I’ve never heard! DO tell me what it means!

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