Suze and I can sometimes be a bit pedantic, especially when it comes to grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
The way I see it, we should know which of these to use. Everyone learned these words in elementary school, for heaven’s sake. However, with our hurried typing and texting I’m willing to accept that at least half of the time these are simple typos (or maybe a phone’s misguided autocorrect).
What gets me all riled up is when people make these kinds of mistakes in situations where they should be caught. For example, this sign outside of the building next to my office:
Or the epidemic of unnecessary quotation marks:
So, in order to keep our sanity (and feel ever so slightly superior), We’re going to start posting these types of things in a new category called “Almost English”. We were originally going to call it “Today’s Idiot”, but figured that was a little too harsh. It also may be incorrect. Who’s to say they weren’t going for the double meaning in this comic strip: