If we are close, you know that I’m a stickler for good grammar, and although sometimes I mix up the usage of I/me and overuse commas, I’m pretty much on top of grammar/spelling related things…and won’t hesitate immediately correcting a mistake – my friends can attest to that. Sorry, y’all.
Unfortunately…lots of people aren’t quite there. Far too often I see Facebook posts, texts, or cards with apostrophes where they shouldn’t be, annnnd the (more than) occasional misuse of its/it’s, to/too, or their/there/there.
SO in hopes of minimizing those mistakes in your Christmas cards this year, here are a few tips – with a bit of assistance from The Oatmeal.
Let’s talk apostrophes:
Quite possibly the biggest issue my mom and I notice when it comes to Christmas cards is people being way overzealous with their apostrophes.
Pluralization does not equal possession.
To the Brown’s: Season’s Greeting’s! Love, The Smith’s. <- No more of that, okay?
There should not be an ‘apostrophe s’ after your last name when signing a card.
There should not be an ‘apostrophe s’ after the name of the family you are addressing a card to.
There should not be an ‘apostrophe s’ after holiday or season.
Never ever EVER. I promise. It’s that simple.
Other common issues:
The Oatmeal doesn’t have a cute, snarky image describing to/too usage sadly. For that, we’ll just go the boring (and very generalized) definition/description route!
To: A preposition. Used to express direction toward a person, place or thing.
Too: An adverb. Used to express sameness (Me too!) As well, also.
While we’re at it, I’d like you to meet the alot, which is much different than a lot.
With that, I’m going to begin writing our cards and addressing envelopes! Peace out, grammar nerds.