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Is it hopeless?

imagesI have a reputation as a “grammar/spelling Nazi” and I guess I have to cop to that. It’s not that I never make a mistake, but I find myself reacting—I admit sometimes even emotionally—when I see “it’s” when it should be “its,” “your” when it should be “you’re,” “there” when it should be “their,” and so on.

I’ve posted quite a bit about this on Facebook, and that’s how I got my rep. But lately I’ve been posting less and less about these egregious infractions. Why? Because I’m convinced that it’s hopeless.

Yes, hopeless.

Why?

Because it’s contagious. That’s right. Contagious.

You literally “catch” the wrong way of writing something, simply because it’s floating around in the general mental atmosphere. I know this is true, because I’ve found myself writing “it’s” when it should be “its,” etc. more than a few times, to my horror. When this first started happening, I asked myself: Why would I do this, when I know it’s wrong, and I’m totally opposed to anyone doing it, much less myself?

The only answer I could come up with is that I “caught” it—it was simply floating in the air.

Have you had this experience? I bet at least some of you have. This is how language changes, how things that used to be considered errors are now correct and you can even find them in the dictionary!

So this is why I say it’s hopeless. Would you agree? Or do you think it’s worth trying to fight it?

Of course this doesn’t mean I’m going to start writing “it’s” when it should be “its” on purpose—God forbid!

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Burning question for Sunday

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Burning (literally) question for Sunday

If your house/apartment/cabin/hut/trailer/teepee/igloo (no, wait, not igloo) was burning down and you had time to grab just one thing (not a person or a pet), what would you grab?

Feel free to comment below!

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Burning question for Friday

Have you ever met a person and felt an instant affinity…you know, when something just “clicks?”

What about afterwards? After you’ve known the person for awhile, do you still feel the same way?

Do you think a feeling of instant affinity is a reliable gauge for whether a friendship will endure or not?

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Burning question for Sunday…

Have you ever faced a task that seemed impossible? And then, after tackling it (struggling? researching? praying?), suddenly the light dawned and it all seemed so simple?

How did that make you feel?

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Burning question for Tuesday

Which do you think is better, to have one great passion in life and devote yourself to it, or have a number of different things that you do reasonably well?

And, most importantly, why do you think one or the other is better?

The one with the best answer will win…well, nothing, but I’m really curious to find out what you all think!

So which is it, jack-of-all trades/Renaissance person or specialist/expert in one thing?

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