You’re in Grammar Country

April 1, 2009 at 3:23 pm 9 comments

A lot of funny things are happening today, and not all of them are related to that holiday that keeps me on the edge of my seat for a solid 24-hours.

First, my mother joined Twitter.  If the first five minutes of her membership are any indication, it will provide me with entertainment for years to come.

(In related news, The Guardian is switching to an all-Twitter format.)

The guys at Car Talk are funny.

Also, I recently joined a listserv for a particular neighborhood in DC, hoping to find some apartment listings there.  The postings that pass through my mailbox are quite entertaining on their own, so I read them even when they have nothing to do with housing options.  The following message is the second of two in a series.  This woman is really mad about her Steelers sign.

$1,000 Reward Offered:  Stolen Steelers Banners

Posted by: REDACTED

Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:07 am (PDT)

I am offering a reward of $1,000 (One Thousand Dollars) to information resulting in the arrest and prosecution of the criminal who stole my Steelers banners.

The one banner was hung 20 feet high on the front of my house and was stolen last Friday night/Saturday morning. It is an 8 foot long banner reading “Your In Steelers Country”.

The second was hung on the side of my garage facing my garden and was a three foot square Steelers helmet flag. It was stolen at the end of February.

Police reports were filed for both thefts. If you have any information, please call me at REDACTED. Anonymity will be protected. Otherwise, please call Officer REDACTED at the REDACTED Police Station.

Thank you for your cooperation in stopping the reign of thefts and violation of my home.

Personally, I think someone was more offended by the grammar infraction and took it down to spare others the pain. Besides, Washington, DC is not, by anyone’s measure anywhere near Pittsburgh, ergo this neighborhood is not “Steelers Country,” with or without the “your” or missing the necessary apostrophe denoting ownership.

Unable to stand it much longer, I sent her an e-mail, explaining that I lived in New Jersey, had no idea what happened to her sign and that it should read “You’re in Steelers’ Country.”  Yes, this makes me one of those people, but I felt like I needed to take a stand.

To my shock, she responded.  Nicely, albeit with a few grammatical errors:

[The neighborhood] is actually a great area, with the exception of the one anti-World Champion Steelers non-fan. I’ve heard from alot of Steelers fans in REDACTED and have spoken with them as we wear our Steelers clothing around the neighborhood.

The grammar is from the sign, which is not possessive tense.  You must go crazy with the rest of the Steelers merchandise and fan signs – – most of them have some conflict in wording.

I don’t really go crazy over Steelers merchandise, since I wasn’t really aware of this problem before and I’m not subject to much of it in Central New Jersey…But I am a) surprised that she recognized that this was an error and b) still hung the sign up for the world to see, despite its glaring problem(s).  Do people in Pittsburgh not care about grammar?

To solve this problem, I went to the most natural place to find my answer: Google.  When I started typing “your in s…” I receive the following leads:

your in spanish okay

your in steelers country not okay

your in sign language okay

your in steeler country sign not okay

your in shakespeare okay

your in shakespearean okay

That was it; the only incorrect terms are related to the Steelers.  The best part is that when you follow through with your search for “your in steelers country,” Google recognizes the fact that you’re an idiot and automatically searches for “you’re in steelers country” instead.  Even putting the entire term in quotes does not result in any signs or banners to purchase with the incorrect spelling.  (Even if the seller spells it “your” on his website, the item photo still shows the banner as “you’re.”)

In sum: people in Pittsburgh probably do care about grammar, DC is not Steelers’ Country, and I need a life.

Speaking of which, I have more links to post, but this blog is long enough for the time being.  Stay tuned for more.

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Entry filed under: Grammar, Internet, NPR, Sports.

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lauren  |  April 1, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Hahaha, I can’t believe you e-mailed her!

    Reply
  • 2. Karly  |  April 1, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Thank you for taking a stand and sending that email! I am constantly going crazy because I notice every incorrect “your” and the excessive use of ‘s when ‘ is not necessary! (I’m pretty sure I have discovered this mistake on every take out menu we have). Love you!

    Reply
  • 3. Erin  |  April 2, 2009 at 6:22 am

    I LOVE this post!

    It always bothers me (sometimes to an irrational degree) when there are major grammatical errors like that on a mass-produced sign/advertisement/anything. Doesn’t anyone employ a decent copy-editor?!

    Reply
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  • 5. Steelers fan  |  April 6, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    The error was a result of spell check, which change was inadvertently accepted to the incorrect “your”. I have tried this with several email programs and the change occurs.

    And, if I read this correctly, somoene on your blog admitted to tearing down the reward signs. Glad that you are promoting censorship as well as only your right to free speach. Thank you grammar and political correctness police.

    Reply
  • 6. Lauren  |  April 6, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    YOUR IN FREE SPEACH COUNTRY NOW

    Reply
  • 7. Matt  |  April 6, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    I have serious doubts about Steelers Fan’s ability to read anything correctly.

    Reply
  • 8. Matt  |  April 6, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Or maybe speach was a result of spell check and the change was inadvertently accepted to the incorrect?

    Reply
  • 9. http://www.uptownnerds.com/  |  July 30, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Hey there! Do you know if they make any plugins to safeguard against hackers?
    I’m kinda paranoid about losing everything I’ve worked hard on.
    Any suggestions?

    Reply

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