Sunday, August 16, 2009

u is not you

I am in a tizzy, my knickers are all knotty and my feathers are ruffled.

I simply cannot take it anymore. I need to vent, I refuse to continue sitting idly while basic spelling and grammatical rules continue to be abused!

Ok, that is a little dramatic, but it really does annoy me.

Every week I am sent a newsletter from a particular company (who I shall not name) that is drenched with poor grammar and spelling mistakes. Normally, I would simply delete an email such as this and move along (how can you take a business seriously that continually makes basic spelling and grammar mistakes?) but I really like this girl’s wares and genuinely like to know what the latest buzz is over at her website, however, when newsletter after newsletter contains endless spelling and grammatical mistakes - which not only looks unprofessional, but also makes the content quite hard to read - I cannot help but wonder whether it is really worth the effort, I literally cringe when I read it. 

So, please, if you will, let me step-up onto my soapbox. I will try to keep it short:

The word ‘you’ consists of three letters, Y. O. U.
‘You’ is not spelt with a singular ‘u’, ‘u’ is a letter, not a word. Whilst abbreviations have their place, ‘u’ is not an abbreviation of the word ‘you’. ‘U’ when used to imply ‘you’, is incorrect spelling.

The start of a new sentence demands a capital letter, not a lower case letter, a C.A.P.I.T.A.L. letter and while on the subject of capital letters, please spare a thought for the letter ‘i’. 

‘I’ is to be capitalised when used as a reference to oneself. Always. Not sometimes. Always!

Full stops always come at the end of a sentence, without it, the sentence does not come to completion. Once you reach the end of your sentence and begin a new one, please, please, don’t forget to leave a space between the full stop and the first word of the new sentence - this rule goes for commas as well. In fact, it goes for most forms of punctuation.

When you make reference to multiples of an object, it is not a case of simply slapping on an apostrophe and an ‘s’. Apostrophes are not used to represent plurals, rather they are used to show possession and note the use of a contraction, i.e., Dress becomes Dresses, not dress’s.

One explanation mark is enough! The emotion conveyed does not gain strength based on how many you use!!!!! You don’t need to use ten!!!!!!!!!!

It’s basic, but important nonetheless.

There. I said it.


  1. oh dear she says typing quickly with no capitals and lots of dots....i know i've become a blog commenter with bad grammar...but hey...that's different right?!
    ps There's a link on my latest blogpost with a free print of a bunny that I think you'll like!

  2. Aww Chrisy : ).

    It irks me for Business related stuff, not so much social : ).

    Oooh! Bunny print! Off to have a squiz : ).

  3. Oh yes, I understand!
    x Pepper

  4. Yo U... wots up wif all ya whingin' about gramma and stuff like dat....!!!!!!

    Sorry, I couldn't help myself. I hope you are laughing and not convulsing! I couldn't agree with you more. I share your pain and as a teacher, I want to get that red pen out. The apostrophes are the ones that upset me the most.

  5. I love using a lot of explanation marks!!
    And full stops.....
    I do not like to shorten words though!

    Do you feel better now!?


  6. A mistake that really irritates me is "bargin" why leave out the a?

    If I see it spelt wrong in a shop window - I do not even enter.

    I hate spelling mistakes (typing mistakes are different and are allowed in personal e-mails as these are often written in haste) and I hate sms talk in normal e-mails. But I must say I often use multiple exclamation marks and full stops.