Spiffing y'all up, one typo at a time
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.
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.