grammar standards for twitter, texting and social media

Ever since the rise of texting, Facebook and Twitter, hardcore grammarians have been forecasting the demise of the English language. And sometimes, it seems like they have a point. After all, how long will it be before we’re all #thinkinginhashtags? And when did it become socially acceptable to drop abbreviations into every sentence of our emails, let alone all our other written correspondence?

But just as we lovers of grammar and words start believing that written English is hurling toward its fiery, hashtagged and LOLed doom, someone always comes along to reassure us that, well, at least some of us still care about grammar. Enter @yourinamerica, Twitter’s grammar crusader.

The twitter account, which gained 8,000 followers in just 3 days, personally corrects each use of the horribly ungrammatical phrase “your in America” (which, ironically, is more often than not followed by a sentiment that boils down to “learn to speak English.”) @Yourinamerica’s typical response: It’s “you’re.”

Whether or not you agree with the account’s non-P.C. way of spreading its grammar lesson on possessives, you have to admit that the sheer number of misuses of  “your in America” each day, on Twitter and beyond, is hard to wrap your brain around. And the account’s  Twitter grammar tear will undoubtedly teach a few people whether to use the possessive “your” or the contraction “you’re” when describing a person’s location in the good ole U.S. of A.

(And by the way, it’s “you’re.”)

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