A Proposal

Like many other people, I cringe when I see misspellings, incorrect grammar, or improper use of words. Usually I restrain myself from correcting the offender, because I realize that, even though they said, “The dog licked it’s paw,” the meaning was clear enough. With the advent of texting and abbreviated speech, the emphasis on correct spelling and grammar has lessened.

The most glaring example of incorrect word usage comes with the homophones “your” and “you’re.” For those of you not in the know, “your” is the possessive second person pronoun used as an attributive adjective (as in “This is your dog.”). “You’re” is the contracted version of “you are” (as in (“You’re a horrible speller). I see people mixing these two words up all the time.

I have come up with a solution. The English language is constantly shifting, and new words are added, obscure words are left in the dust. I propose that we replace both “you’re” and “your” with “yore.” Yore has the same number of letters as the smallest of these two (your), and so it does not add to the complexity. Yore is interchangeable in the language (both usages sound correct: Yore dog is black. Yore a good person). This would make things simpler on everybody, and prevent stress in those of us who cringe when we see the words used improperly.

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About Steve Picray

I have been many things, but right now I am a registered nurse attempting to pay off my debt so that, God willing, I can be a pastor again someday. I have a wife and three kids. I am a conservative Christian (of the Baptist variety). This blog is about me: the things that happen to me, the things that interest me, and the things that bother me. If you have a question, just e-mail me at spicray AT gmail DOT com. God Bless!
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