The Grammar Belle

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Yours, Mine, and Ours

Hey, y’all. If you’ve been following my blog awhile, you know that I love me some TV. (See here, and here, and HERE!) And, if you’re a trash TV fan like I am, you know that a new season of The Bachelor has started, featuring (hot) Texan Sean Lowe. What I love more about the return of TB than the crazy, wedding dress-wearing “contestants” and the multiple angles of shirtless Sean is the never-ending supply of fodder for my blog. Every single episode is a jackpot of bad grammar.

EVERY SINGLE BLASTED SEASON (20 and counting), we get two recurring major crimes against the English language. These are so horrible they burn my ears. And I’ve heard them so often on this franchise that I’ve taken to simply groaning and sighing very loudly. Perhaps I should be more productive and make a drinking game out of it.


Offense Number 1

I can’t even begin to figure how this came out of that girl’s mouth. Did this gal miss kindergarten? I am certain “my” is a sight word that her teacher should have covered. I’d be demanding a refund if I were her parents.

I wonder about a girl’s sanity when she declares that she’s on this show “for the right reasons” or that she truly believes ABC and its affiliates can help her (finally) find true love. Don’t make me wonder about your schooling, too, honey.


Offense Number 2

I do sincerely hope that dang word “and” is messing this girl up and that she doesn’t walk around saying “That’s I’s glass of wine” or “I hope we go back to his’s hot tub tonight” or “Who has my’s rose?” or “Those are her’s hair extensions.” What possesses someone to add an apostrophe + s to an already possessive word?*

So what should it be, you ask? In both of the violations above, we have joint/common ownership (meaning it’s one single date and one single relationship that the two people share). In addition, there’s one owner named and one identified with a pronoun. Given those two facts, make each of the names possessive:

Sean’s relationship + my relationship = Sean’s and my relationship

Variations on that would be:
Sean and Tierra’s date (common ownership, both named)
AshLee’s and my roses (two roses, two owners, one pronoun)
her wine glass and mine (two wine glasses, two owners, two pronouns)

Now isn’t that better than making up words? Need more clarification? Here’s a flowchart for your reading pleasure:

What can you learn from this  flowchart? That I have awful handwriting, for starters.

What can you learn from this flowchart? That I have awful handwriting, for starters.

Time to get back to MY glass of wine. And my TV.

*Solving this puzzle may be my life’s mission. (It is NOT, I can’t emphasize enough, “my’s mission.”)

8 comments on “Yours, Mine, and Ours

  1. phil anderson
    January 16, 2013

    So let me make sure I have this correct ( because watching TB is very high on my TV must-see viewing list, right after Roseanne). For violation #1, what she should have said is ” I and Sean’s relationship’s are getting very serious’.” And that is because the seriousness belongs to both relationships so it is a plural possessive nominative (because both owners are identified) case. Right? I would go back to watching the Victoria’s Secrets’ fashion show, but it’s not on right now. Hey, thanks, Grammar Berre for the help. I bees knowin my engrish is getting better by reaps and bounds. dr.p.

  2. juliepetroski
    January 16, 2013

    LOVE this post. I like the clear, relatable examples. And I vote for a The Bachelor: a drinking game post in the near future.

    • The Grammar Belle
      January 16, 2013

      Thanks, Jules! Gotta keep spreading the gospel of good grammar to the masses. A bonafide TB drinking game must be in the works!

  3. outlawmama
    January 16, 2013

    Never ever stop. Doing. This. Any of it. That is all.

    • The Grammar Belle
      January 17, 2013

      As long as y’all keep reading, I’ll keep bitchin’ and moanin’! 🙂

  4. dr.p.
    January 17, 2013

    We should identify all who throw shoes at the TV and tear up newspapers and magazines. We are the sole hope for the English language. Maybe we can eliminate the travesty of text messages by tearing down cell phone towers. Next, destroy the power sources for the TV stations. The real challenge is sports broadcasters. . .that could prove impossible. But I dream . . .

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