Daniel Scocco’s post Six Common Punctuation Errors that Bedevil Bloggers got a bunch of comments (144 to be precise, at least at the time I am writing this). It seems that I’m not the only person who enjoyed the piece. Although discussed under Apostrophe for Plurals, what Daniel didn’t discussed in depth enough for me, was one of my biggest peeves.
Your crazy cat!
The biggest pet peeve I have, the one that really kills me when reading posts and comments, is the misuse of your vs you’re. When I come across someone using your in place of you’re, I get so irritated that I completely lose interest in the point of the post or comment. I completely disregard any relevance the writer may have. I feel that if they can’t use the right word, then they must not know what they’re talking about.
What does “Your Crazy Cat” mean? Does it mean you’re a crazy cat? (dating myself to be older than I am) or does it mean you have a crazy cat? Get it straight. I once flew off on a rant about this on a RockClimbing.com forum. Your cool. Your funny. You’re looking uneducated.
If I make this mistake, please shoot me. (And I probably have made it…)