IF You act like Forrest Gump, and your grammar and spelling sounds like Forrest Gump wrote it; don’t be surprised when people call you Forrest Gump.

“Stoopid is as Stoopid Does.”

The words you write reflect on you and take away from whatever message you’re trying to say. Learn the few simple things I am writing about here…

Here – means ‘At this Place Now.’
Hear – means ‘ You receive sounds and interpret them’

Their – means ‘What somebody else owns’
There – means ‘ A specific place other than Here.’

They’re – means ‘They Are (it’s another contraction dummy)

Weather – means ‘The current conditions, temperature, precipitation, etc.’
Whether – means ‘A choice between two courses of actions or circumstances based on something.”

Your – means ‘It belongs to the person you’re talking to.
You’re – means ‘You Are (it’s a contraction of the words You-Are)’
Yore – means ‘A long time ago.

Loose – means ‘It is free and Not tied down or restricted’

Lose – means ‘You can’t find something’

Than – means ‘…a comparison of value, more or less’

Then – means ‘Something that happened at a specific time in the past

Red – means ‘ A bright color like scarlet for example or crimson’

Read – means ‘ I have deciphered some script’

Sale – means ‘An event with discounted prices

Sale – could also mean ‘What you done when you reach a deal – ‘you’ve made a sale’

Sell – means ‘The active tense of selling or making a sale’ “You do not ‘sale a product’

ADMITTEDLY: Texting is creating generational grammatical morons and idiots with spelling and context, BUT; that is not going to happen in my company communication or online business.

My friend Megan Megan S Barto brought this to my attention. With the advent of the Internet requiring all of us to have written communication with many customers. We can no longer tolerate people that can’t write in correct grammar. WHAT OTHER EXAMPLES CAN YOU THINK OF? WRITE THEM HERE IN THE FORMAT I USED ABOVE WITH EXPLANATIONS.‪#‎AlphaDawg


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Comment by Rob Winters on April 21, 2015 at 4:44pm

I could care less - means that you actually do care a bit..  the correct phrase is "I couldn't care less."

Comment by Brian Bennington on April 19, 2015 at 7:27pm

Hey "Dawg,"  I returned today to review any examples our members shared with you, and Sharon Hill's comments jumped right out at me.  She's definitely got it.  (I wonder if she was an educator in an earlier life?)  That "irregardless vs. regardless" is an oft-made mistake that is always entertaining when you hear some celebrity/commentator make it, especially when they're trying to sound "informed."  However, as correct as the "they vs, it" is, "they" defining dealership could be correct from a philosophical view as some think of a dealership as the people who work in it.  It's kind of a style thing.

As to style, you surely have one, as expressed by your use of capitalization.  You write normally and then jump to caps to alert the reader that "THIS IS IMPORTANT!"  I think it's called the "Read this, asshole" effect, and from you, it always works with me.

I do have a problem understanding Mr. Blassingame's comment.  That, "I'm copying all my employees" sounds like something from the future, like he's planning to "clone his staff."  (Staff meaning employees and nothing else!)  I get what he's trying to say, but I'm sure if he applied the lost art of "proofing," he probably would have written it differently.  (Or is that "wrote"?)  


Comment by Sharon Hill on April 19, 2015 at 10:41am

A company is always an "it" not a "they".  If Dealership x does something "it" does it, not "they."  Also, the subjunctive case always uses a plural predicate, even when the subject is singular. In other words, "If I was 21 again, I would...." is incorrect. It should be "If I WERE 21 again." Subjunctive case is best described as speculative - usually includes the word "if" or "whether" or "If only." There is no such word are "irregardless." It's "regardless." 

Comment by David Blassingame on April 16, 2015 at 10:39am


Thanks for publishing a very useful blog.  I'm copying all my employees because it will benefit them daily.

David B.

Comment by James A. Ziegler on April 13, 2015 at 7:49am

I had a lot of fun compiling this partial list of Stupid things people write in place of common Grammar. Every day on Facebook, Twitter, Blogs and Texts. We all ocassionally make these mistakes but not as an ongoing train wreck that affects how other people view us and; I'll tell you right now, the value of your opinion is dimiinished if you write like a moron. 

Comment by Brian Bennington on April 13, 2015 at 1:46am

Hey "Dawg,"  Don't you think it's pathetic you have to even mention what boils down to 4th grade english to a bunch of "blog wizards"?  While I periodically do make a typo writing here or on DE and always feel like a jerk about it, the correspondence and relationship centered marketing I write for others is proofed, for both content and construction, by at least three of my staff before it ever goes into production.  Considering nearly everything we do is ghostwritten for our management and reps clients, and has their handwritten signatures on it, you can imagine how many typos and how much english misusage they'd tolerate before I'd disappear.   

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