Spiffing y'all up, one typo at a time
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.
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.
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:
*Solving this puzzle may be my life’s mission. (It is NOT, I can’t emphasize enough, “my’s mission.”)