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.