*they’re

 

Who among us has not seen this response during an argument on a social media outlet, comment section, or message board? It is often used when one poster uses “their” or there instead of the contraction “they’re” in the place of “they are”. This response is a common one online for two reasons. As tempers flare, attacking the poor grammar of another poster is an easy cheap shot designed to make the other poster look unintelligent and therefore discredit the rest of their argument. 

 

It’s also so painfully easy to take that cheap shot because so many people use the incorrect “they’re”. 

 

For some people, correcting that mistake isn’t a cheap argument tactic. It’s not even an insult. These individuals simply can’t let grammar issues slide. For these people. the English language and it’s rules are sacred. Armed with the almighty red pen, they fight to eradicate poor grammar one slash at a time. If we’re being honest, the pickiest grammar guardians could probably pick apart this conversational blog entry if they felt so inclined. They are to be feared with awe and reverence. 

 

There are also those who simply love language and grammar. Why not? The English language and its use and structure are fascinating. Today is a day for people like you. Today is word nerd day and it’s the perfect day to celebrate a love of words. 

 

Take the opportunity to broaden your vocabulary. Pick up a thesaurus and challenge yourself to substitute new words for those in the vernacular. If you have kids, this is a great time to teach them new words and the magic of a full command of the English language. 

 

If you have a classroom, Word Nerd Day is a perfect time to play word-related games or activities. Have a synonym challenge, and see who can come up with the most synonyms for a given word. Don't forget to take advantage of Author's Day when it comes around. 

 

If you have a language arts club, or a literary club of some kind, consider ordering custom t-shirts for all of the budding word nerds in your class. Check out our guide on ordering t-shirts for a classroom, it will help simplify the process of getting sizes, orders, and most importantly, a grasp on the money you’ll need to place the order. 

 

When deciding on a t-shirt theme for this year’s language club, have each student nominate an uncommon word and argue for it to be the centerpiece of your t-shirt. You could put the word and its dictionary definition on the front, with your club name on the back. This simple, straight-forward design is easy, cost-effective, and gives the kids an exercise in rhetoric. 

 

Oh, and one more thing…

 

They’re creating their custom t-shirts over there.

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