Wednesday, May 15, 2013

There Their They're

There's no functional reason for me to wear matching shoes. After all, if I have a left and right shoe on then they're achieving their purpose of protecting my feet. If I wear my t-shirt back to front and inside out then my clothes are keeping me warm and (thankfully) protecting those around me from Bice nudity. It's easier and quicker for me to get dressed like this, grabbing what's nearby and pulling it on without paying attention to convention. Of course, if that's the decision I make then I can reasonably expect friends to think I'm a slob, strangers to think I'm weird, and clients to think I'm unprofessional. There's a well established norm for wearing clothes and if you don't adhere to it, judgement will be rendered.

For exactly the same reason, just because the same intent can generally be communicated using "whose" and "who's", or "it's" and "its", it doesn't follow that people who don't make the effort to write correctly shouldn't be judged for their decision. So go ahead and approach spelling like a lucky dip, but don't get angry at me if I assume you're an idiot when you do.

1 comment:

  1. I am ashamed at how late in life I learned the correct usage of its and it's.

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