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How many times have you seen incorrect grammatical constructions/spelling errors on SI that set your teeth on edge? That tempted you to send a rude note to the offender(s)?

Conversely: how many times have you posted a message, wondering whether the way you are expressing yourself may actually sabotage what you are trying to express?

This thread is devoted to detailing & discussing common irritating errors, with the hope of eradicating them once and for all.

Let's start with "it's" for "its." Folks -- "it's" is a contraction for "it is." "Its" is a possessive pronoun. EXAMPLE: "It's nice that the stock has hit its all-time high."

The source of this confusion is pretty clear. Possessives usually use an apostrophe, as in "John's hat," "the girl's dress," or (plural), "the girls' dresses." But where the possessive of "it" is concerned, remember -- no apostrophe! Please!

More to come!
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4487Did you hear about the woman named Diana who accidentally killed her CPU collecTimF-September 21
4486theoatmeal.comTimF-June 23
4485‘How wirelessly to hack’ — split that infinitive The Volokh Conspiracy opinion BTimF-January 6
4484“I believe in periods, in capitals, in the occasional comma, and that’s it.” -CTom Clarke-January 2
4483[graphic]TimF-9/3/2016
4482Good article. I'll have to keep those points he makes in the back of my mindStan-8/8/2016
4481Finger-Pointing, Trouble-Saving, and Pussyfooting In an earlier Lingua Franca TimF18/8/2016
4480The National Weather Service has adopted upper and lower case for its forecasts,Sr K-4/13/2016
4479Good to know, thank you. I was always capitalizing internet because I consideredJ.F. Sebastian-4/5/2016
4478I was wondering when e-mail became email. 2011.Sr K-4/4/2016
4477AP Style alert: Don’t capitalize internet and web anymore poynter.orgTom Clarke24/4/2016
4476Some "vandal" is going to come along with a piece of chalk and correctStan-1/3/2016
4475"your beautiful" as marketing campaign: languagelog.ldc.upenn.edusoftware salesperson-1/3/2016
4474My favorite is when someone responds to an Internet comment they don't agreeStan-1/1/2016
4473Haha. Usually the mistake you see these days is using "your" when it sJ.F. Sebastian-1/1/2016
4472His handy daily affirmation will work until the moment he learns what's realStan-1/1/2016
4471That twit deserves it. It's not as if the tattee didn't see what was goSmoothSail-1/1/2016
4470Too bad there isn't a 15 minute editing time for tattoos. "Stay strongStan-1/1/2016
4469I did not know there was a 27th letter of our alphabet - the ampersand. blog.diStan-12/22/2015
446810/23/2015 wired.comSr K-11/9/2015
4467[graphic]Tom Clarke-10/4/2015
4466Really? No one caught this before going live?! With a hat tip to my colleague ChStan-8/31/2015
4465The spell checker strikes again. From an article on how to speak to someone batStan-7/11/2015
4464An Ohio woman got out of a ticket by correctly pointing out a punctuation error Tom Clarke47/4/2015
4463Recent Yahoo article with this heading using the adverbial form of the word &quoStan17/2/2015
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