The Snark has been reading lots of posts and text messages lately and it’s almost more than he can take. Let’s look at some of the reasons, shall we?
Bear is not Bare
You don’t run bearfooted. That would make you unattractive to the opposite sex. The base word is BARE, meaning without adornment or, in this case, shoes.
What you really did was run barefooted.
Loose is not Lose
If you lose weight, your pants may become loose.
Lightning is not Lightening
Lightning is electrical discharge from sky to ground. Lightening means to make less dark … like when you put cream in coffee.
Your is not You’re is not Yore
Your means you own it. It’s your stuff.
You’re means you are. You’re the owner of your stuff.
Yore means long ago. In days of yore, your ancestors created the family name you’re proud of.
Me is not I
You took that epic picture with just you and your significant other. You want to caption it.
“Here is a picture of Gilligan and I.”
Let’s look at that caption a little closer, mmmm kay?
Break it down and see if it passes the grammar test.
Here is a picture of Gilligan and Here is a picture of I.
Does that sound right to you? It shouldn’t. Here is a picture of I?
Try this instead. “Here is a picture of Gilligan and me”
Here is a picture of Gilligan and here is a picture of me.
Bingo! That’s the stuff right there.
In the same vein as the example above let’s look at this sentence:
“Her and me went to the store”
Her went to the store and me went to the store. Really?
So who went to the store? She did and I did.
She and I went to the store.
Piece of cake, right?
And finally (for now), There is not Their is not They’re
Their means they own it. It belongs to them. That is their goat.
There indicates a direction or location. That is their goat over there.
They’re means they are. They’re going to take their goat over there.
Sew, think yew for letting me bear my sole. It did I good.
– Uncle Snarky