Good evening class! Today, let us talk about contractions. Is that not exciting? Why are contractions so useful? They would have helped me shorten the second and third sentences above. “Today, let’s talk about contractions. Isn’t that exciting?”
I really, really, REALLY hate seeing the amount of misspelled contractions floating all across my internet pages. They’re CONTRACTIONS, people! SHORTENED short words. You just remove a vowel or a group of letters and put the apostrophe in where the missing letter(s) was! It’s not that difficult!
So why do I continue to see this tragedy-ya’ll? What in the world is /that/? Yahoo will? Yard wall? Yam bell? What? The proper spelling is y’all, in which the apostrophe takes the place of the missing ‘ou’ in the word ‘you’. They’re is a contraction in which the apostrophe takes the place of the ‘a’ in the word ‘are’. Let’s is a contraction in which the apostrophe takes the place of the ‘u’ in the word ‘us’. You see? It’s not that hard, is it? Can we please try to do a little better? My 9-year-old gets this. Why can’t grown adults get this? Why can’t college freshman get this? What in the world is wrong with us?
Ok. I’m done with my rant. 🙂