Monday, September 26, 2011

Another Installment of Facebook Ignorantics

This is a copy of an ignorantic rant on Facebook. The name and profile picture have been changed to protect the Ignorantic:

A notice to my facebook friend's who wishes to continue receving facebook for free. my message was up right when i sent it out, now a technician has it mixed and turned all around...hope you can read or figure it out..thank you my tec friend.
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Tn Apparently he want's me off of facebook that i may not qualify for the free service.
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Tn He is a muslem that want's to control my page! apparently he works for facebook.i do know his name and i have had enough of this non sense.
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Tn Tex me now,whom shall i bring my complaint too?
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Tn He does not want you to talk about your God he is against christianity(period) i need your help my face book friend's.
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Tn Please beleave me this is no game!
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New ignorantic words:


There may have been more words but I started getting dizzy. I'll let my readers at the rest of this...

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Ignorantics Easy Reference Guide

I think it is important to note that 75% of all Ignorantics are college-educated people. That being said, I have, on occasion, admitted (in fact it is in my disclaimer on this Blog) that I am also a reformed Ignorantic. There are times that I fall back into the deep abyss of Ignorantics. However, I am fortunate that I have my mother, a retired educator, as my Ignorantic compass. I may have a compass but many Ignorantics do not because they are surrounded by other Ignorantics.

Recently, one of my readers sent me an article. I wanted to share it with all of you because it points out some of the more commonly used grammatical errors that drive Ignorantics to a furious pitch. 

Here is the list:

1. You're / Your: The apostrophe means it's a contraction of two words; "you're" is the short version of "you are" (the "a" is dropped), so if your sentence makes sense if you say "you are," then you're good to use you're. "Your" means it belongs to you, it's yours.
·        You're = if you mean "you are" then use the apostrophe
·        Your = belonging to you 

Example: You're going to love your new job!

2. It's/ Its: This one is confusing, because generally, in addition to being used in contractions, an apostrophe indicates ownership, as in "Dad's new car." But, "it's" is actually the short version of "it is" or "it has." "Its" with no apostrophe means belonging to it.
        • It's = it is
·       Its = belonging to it

Example: It's important to remember to bring your telephone and its extra battery.

3. They're/ Their/ There: "They're" is a contraction of "they are." "Their" means belonging to them. "There" refers to a place (notice that the word "here" is part of it, which is also a place – so if it says here and there, it's a place). There = a place
        • They're = they are
        • Their = belonging to them

Example: They're going to miss their teachers when they leave there.

4. Loose/ Lose: These spellings really don't make much sense, so you just have to remember them. "Loose" is the opposite of tight, and rhymes with goose. "Lose" is the opposite of win, and rhymes with booze. (To show how unpredictable English is, compare another pair of words, "choose" and "chose," which are spelled the same except the initial sound, but pronounced differently.  No wonder so many people get it wrong!)
        • Loose = it's not tight, it's loosey goosey
        • Lose= "don't lose the hose for the rose" is a way to remember the same spelling but a different pronunciation

Example: I never thought I could lose so much weight; now my pants are all loose!

5. Lead/ Led: Another common but glaring error. "Lead" means you're doing it in the present, and rhymes with deed. "Led" is the past tense of lead, and rhymes with sled. So you can "lead" your current organization, but you "led" the people in your previous job.
        • Lead = present tense, rhymes with deed
        • Led = past tense, rhymes with sled

Example: My goal is to lead this team to success, just as I led my past teams into winning award after award.

6. A lot / Alot/ Allot: First the bad news: there is no such word as "alot." "A lot" refers to quantity, and "allot" means to distribute or parcel out.

Example: There is a lot of confusion about this one, so I'm going to allot ten minutes to review these rules of grammar.

7. Between you and I:This one is widely misused, even by TV news anchors who should know better. In English, we use a different pronoun depending on whether it's the subject or the object of the sentence: I/me, she/her, he/him, they/them. This becomes second nature for us and we rarely make mistakes with the glaring exception of when we have to choose between "you and I" or "you and me." that "between you and I" is never correct, and although it is becoming more common, it's kind of like saying "him did a great job." It is glaringly incorrect. The easy rule of thumb is to replace the "you and I" or "you and me" with either "we" or "us" and you'll quickly see which form is right. If "us" works, then use "you and me" and if "we" works, then use "you and I."

One of the reasons that I write this Blog is to put a spotlight on incorrect English so that folks will be shamed into not repeating it. Ignorantics is rooted in repetition and the familiar. We say what we are used to saying or what we've heard over and over again even when we know it is wrong. The key to curtailing your ignorantics is to STOP, DROP, and ROLL just like you would in a fire. STOP using the incorrect words, DROP the excuses that it is the way everyone speaks, then ROLL with it. If you really want to break your ignorantic ways, click on the following links in your spare time and work on using words correctly. Gone are the days when college-educated people can blame bad grammar on typos. It just won't wash anymore. Learn to be a good proofreader and review before you hit "SEND" or "ENTER". 

Again, most of the content in this post was taken from the following references [please use them as a guide]:


Putting Ignorantic Educational Institutions on Blast!!!

Committed to what? Really? You are committed, but I'm not sure it is to education. SMH.

Putting Ignorantic Business Owners on Blast!!!

What is wrong with this picture? This was taken by one of my readers. It is a store located in West End Mall in Atlanta, Georgia. SMH

Monday, September 19, 2011

When the Opera Crosses Over Into Academia: This is What Happens... you are probably thinking Ignorantics could never be a part of academia, right? WRONG! There are ignorantics in the classrooms on college campuses folks! YES! Professors!

Yesterday, one of my readers forwarded an email to me from her friend who was seeking a letter of support for "tenor". That's right...I said "tenor". He said, and I quote "Can you write a letter of support for me because I am going up for 'tenor' this year."

Typo ladies and gentlemen? or is he just an Ignorantic? I would love to hear from my tenured professors who read this Blog...what say you? Is this a typo?

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Ignorantics on Wheels...

Does this look like an Escalade to you? This is truly Ignorantics gone amuck! I guess this is when the confusion with words somehow transfers to what we drive on the road.

This photo was taken by one of the Ignorantics' readers.

Ignorantics BEWARE, our readers are are not safe; not even in a FORD ESCALADE!!!

Monday, September 12, 2011

My Son Finally Got His Doctrine Degree, and I Am So Proud of Him!

In a moment of pride, ignorantics can say some of the most ignorantic things.

Now, I already have a J.D., but I could always use another doctrine degree...

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Ignorantics Should Not Be Trusted to Order Signs for the Government

I don't know about you but whenever I think about my "never leave home without it" communication device, I don't think of vegetables....

Question: After the order was placed, was there anyone who could have caught this mistake? anyone?

I need some help with this one....SMH

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

You Are a Barbiturate Liar!

One of my readers just sent me a text stating that her friend's aunt was engaged in a heated debate with someone and called that person a "barbiturate liar"!

Did she mean "habitual liar"? Sure, she did but the aunt is an ignorantic and instead, drugs came to mind...not to mention the slight similarity in the sound of both words.....barbiturate.....habitual....

I think this one is going to be inducted into the Ignorantic Hall of is just too much.

Monday, September 5, 2011

What Are "Insignificant Funds" Charges?

I know what you are are probably saying to yourself "insignificant funds"? Really? Well, this ignorantic was going over her bank statement when she discovered that she had numerous "insufficient funds" charges on her account. In an attempt to get to the bottom of the issue, she shared this information with her daughter and told her why she thought the bank added "insignificant funds" charges to her account....and well, her daughter reluctantly turned her in to Ignorantics.

Tough love is hard pill to swallow. Ignorantics in the family is not uncommon. It happens in almost every family. If you have an ignorantic parent, your secret is safe with me. It helps to talk about it. Think of it as therapy. You won't be judged here. Besides, we never divulge the identity of our ignorantics or their renouncers....[sigh]