G is for GPS

“I does good grammar, don’t I?”

Let me introduce to you my good friends Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling. I’ve gone to battle with others for the sake of my precious companions. Indeed, these three musketeers cause me to mount my high horse. I confess, I’ve sneered and scorned those who have failed to befriend or learn from GPS.

I can hear you all now. “GPS? Really? You went there? Not content in merely the personification of grammar, punctuation, and spelling, you made an acronym for them? WOW.”

The truth is, turning on our GPS and following their instruction will lead to a greater measure of success, and indeed, help us to reach our destination (whether that is great writing, published works, or respect among other authors).

Some pet peeves:

  • Your/you’re
    • Your – denotes ownership, “That’s your coat”
    • You’re – a shortened way of saying “you are”, for example, “you’re (you are) going to learn the difference between these two words!”
  • There/they’re/their
    • There – denotes location, “I live there”
    • They’re – a shortened way of saying “they are”, for example, “They’re (they are) related”
    • Their – denotes ownership “their coats are hanging in the hallway”
  • Were/we’re/where
    • Were – past form of “are”; “They were lost”
    • We’re – a shortened way of saying “we are”, for example, “We’re off to see the wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz!”
    • Where – denotes location; “Where are you, my love?”
  • Text language – young people (or older; I apologize for my blatant stereotyping), GR8 C U L8R BOI, is not an acceptable form of written communication. I don’t blame you, but I must educate you. Here is a handy dictionary for you. I don’t want you to fail English because you’ve been brought up in a culture that communicates mainly via text.
  • 4EVA – forever/ for ever
  • B4 – beforelost-gps
  • BC – because
  • BTW – by the way
  • CYA – See ya/see you
  • BF – best friend/boyfriend
  • FP – fist pump
  • FYI – for your information
  • HI5 – high five
  • H8 – hate
  • IDK – I don’t know
  • G2G – got to go
  • GR8 – great
  • JK – jokes/just kidding
  • L8 – late
  • LOL – laughing out loud/lots of love
  • QT – cutie
  • ROFL – rolling on the floor laughing
  • TBH – to be honest
  • U – you
  • UR – your/you’re/you are (see above for the differences)
  • WTF – why the face/what the flip
  • YOLO – you only live once
  • ❤ – heart/love

PS. Having said all of that, I will now back peddle a little. I learned a great lesson when a good friend of mine started a blog. I’d sometimes poked fun at her for her occasionally haywire GPS. After reading her blog (www.barethysoul.com) , I realized that if you are a genius, it really doesn’t matter if your GPS isn’t perfect. You can get help with that stuff! So be encouraged, even if your GPS is a work in progress, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t write.

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