Just the Basics, Please and Thank You!

I do not claim to be a grammarian. I frequently refer to Grammar Girl, The Bedford Handbook, The Little Brown Handbook, and any other grammar guide in order to make sure I get it right. But what I can’t stand are “professional” people (or anyone for that matter) that don’t know the basic rules of usage.

1.  Believe it or not there is a difference between you’re and your.

  • You’re is a contraction of You Are
  • Your is the possessive form of You.

2.  Their, They’re, and There. So, what’s the difference other than spelling? A lot.

  • They’re is a contraction of They Are
  • Their is used to show possession.
  • There represents a place. Kind of like the word here. There is used to represent a specified place or maybe even an unspecified place
    • They’re at their house, which is over there. (Sorry I couldn’t resist)

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10 Things that Get Under My Skin. . . Kinda Like Bamboo Shoots

I haven’t done a top 10 anything in a while and was just recently inspired by reading another bloggers top 10.

So, here are a few things that get under my skin.

1.  Flip Flops or any shoes with thongs

2.  Folk that wear flip flops and it looks like their feet are about to chew through the thong and the rest of the flip flop

3.  I am a self-professed shoe addict and I have more shoes than I will ever admit to having, but I hate that there aren’t enough super cute shoes for people with narrow feet. Listen up shoe desingers not everyone has a wide a hobbit foot. And not everyone that has a narrow foot is of geriatric age and/or needs a velcro closure.

4.  Spam bloggers. You know who you are.

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10 Pet Peeves

We’ve all got pet peeves and here are 10 of mine.  What are some of yours?

1. Snow days on my day off — Oh what do you mean, E? Well, I’ll be damned. I took yesterday off (scheduled pre-mother nature). It was my day to take my car to the shop and get caught up on homework — neither of which happened. It snowed Sunday night and my office closed Monday. What the frack? I used a vacation day and all I had to do was wait for mother nature to drop a few inches of snow.

Dear Mother Nature,

You owe me and I expect to be compensated in full in the very near future.

2. People who don’t clean off their snow covered cars in full. Since  Continue reading