This morning on public radio, I heard our representative to the United States Congress use the word “irregardless.” He was a teacher before he became a Congressional Representative. In either case, he should know better.
For once and for all, there is no such word. The word is regardless. Or irrespective, if you’re feeling the need to use a prefix. But irregardless is not a word.
Yesterday, I was in a chat with a Librarian at a Big University. At the end of the chat, the librarian responded to my thanks with, “your welcome.”
In both cases, these are educated people.
What on earth has happened to our language? There is a difference between your and you’re. Learn it. If you don’t, you sound like an uneducated person. Sorry to be harsh, people, but if a grammar and language nut like me reads something you’ve written and you’re misusing simple words, I will assume you’re not too bright. Or very educated.
Their, there, and they’re.
Your and you’re.
Its and it’s.
Were and we’re.
We’re going to use written communication more and more often, in instant messages and text messages. We’re supposed to be the educated ones. We should be using correct grammar and spelling. I don’t mean the occasional misspelled word – I mean the intentional misuse of the language, as cited in the examples above.
Drives me nuts, it does. Is it laziness? Are people simply not being taught correct grammar and spelling anymore?
Where are the nuns when you need them?