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Their, They’re & There Now! When Posting Goes Horribly Wrong!
By Khalil Amani
A YouTuber recently posted a video entitled, "There In There Feelings." What in thee fuck went wrong here? He really doesn't know the difference between "Their, They're and There!" He meant to write, "They're In Their Feelings"--as in, "They are in their feelings," but having not mastered basic English leaves this person looking grossly illiterate and unlearned to write such blaring and glaring grammatical errors and a gross misuse of words. How can a person be taken seriously on a given subject when the title on which they choose to speak is wrought with fucked up grammatical errors--elementary errors? Fix that shit! Spell check that shit! Consult Google, Wikipedia and a fucking on-line dictionary so that you can at least feign like you have some book learning and intelligence! I'm jus' sayin'.... (Admittedly, he says he can't read that well, but being on Social media--words are very important in the way we communicate. This is satire, so don't beez catchin' feelins! LOL.)
Don't you just love it when these pro-black types say some stupid shit like, "Well, it ain't our language anyway!" when they misspell words? They don't speak or write a lick of Swahili either! LOL. I just hope they don't have kids!
As a college graduate with a degree in English, writing is my thingy. Writing is why I wake up in the morning (and because my girlfriend says I should go to work and take care of her and my wife! I'm just kidding!) and no matter how insignificant the writing—whether it be an essay, a blog, a research paper or a simple tweet or comment on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter—bad spelling, incorrect verbiage and misuse of words jumps off the computer screen and slaps me upside my head.
Don’t get it twisted! Nobody uses Ebonics, regional dialect, slang and urban colloquialisms more than I! These types of words and phrases bring life to an otherwise boring topic and highlight a writer’s artistry in the use of words. Zora Neale Hurston was a master of regional dialects and slang.
Writing is like dressing up. You can either get your "swag" on in some really nice threads or you can look like your 'drobe is straight from the Goodwill.
Hip-hip, in particular, is all about that slang and cutting words up. I can dig it! But some of y’all (“y’all” is an example of Southern Regional Dialect—understanding that it is really “you all”) are making excuses for using bad grammar. Some of y’all are bad spellers and think it’s cool to fuck up an easy word or sentence. I hear you! "It's only Facebook!" "Stop being a grammar police!" "Get a fucking life, you douchebag!" "So what if I spelled it wrong! You know what I'm sayin'!" Yes! I've heard it all. The justifications for poor spelling on Social Media runs deep.
With a straight face, people write so poorly—not even understanding or realizing that your writing is the DNA of your literacy and educational level. Your writing-style is like your fingerprint.
Well, messing up the English language for no rhyme or reason is one of my pet-peeves! So, since we are about to go into a new year, I thought I’d help a few of you become a more literate and competent writing individual. It's time-out for having your "posts go horribly wrong!" like the YouTuber who wrote, "There In There Feelings." If I had it my way, I'd make some of you sit with your back to your computer and wear a Dunce Cap for a day! The next time you decide to post on Social Media you'll check your spelling!
Knowing how to write properly has everything to do with your being—from being able to fill out a job application to writing an essay to filling out an incident report on the job to mackin’ to a T.H.O.T. on Facebook to writing a simple love letter. What you write can be the death of you. Writing can be a “make or break” deal, so it is important to know how to spell and when it is okay to use slang—or profanity without it seeming contrived or gratuitous.
It's just a shame when I see these hardcore prisoners in the movies asking another inmate to read their mail and write a letter for them! (Niggas have regressed to slavery times when it was illegal for a black person to learn to read and write on the threat of death!) Ol' dropout-ass, runnin' the streets-ass niggas who can't spell "Cat!" The fuck? Grammar was the last thing on their minds and now, with the advent of Social Media, a nigga has to know how to read and write. Yes! They're writing, but their words are a mess!
The words that irk the shit out of me are the IMPROPER use of—Their/They’re/There, Your/You’re, To/Too/Two, Hi/High, Breaks/Brakes, Buy/Bye/By, Herd/Heard, Piece/Peace, Whether,/Weather, Chews/Choose, Click/Clique, Know/No, Wait/Weight, Threw/Through, Right/Write, Thought/Through/Though/Thorough, Waste/Waist, Plane/Plain, Ode/Owed, Flew/Flu, Cell/Sell, Bored/Board, Bass/Base, Blew/Blue, Heel/Heal, Seen/Scene, Quite/Quit, Our/Hour, Would/Wood, Pore/Pour/Poor. Its/It’s, Where/Were, Lying/Lien and Ad/Add.
Thank you Hillary!
If you went to school for at least seven years—you shouldn’t be getting these simple words confused! This isn’t even high school grammar! This is Grammar 101—shit taught in elementary school! Why are you grown folks making these kinds of grammatical errors--and then expecting your children to be straight-A students? If you truly can't spell, the probability of your child being a poor speller is multiplied. "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree!"
For me, whenever I post on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter—I reread what I’ve written before I hit that “Post” button, and if, by chance, I find that I’ve posted something incorrectly, I will copy it and then delete the post and edit and repost. (That’s just me!) Even before Social Media, I was into spelling words correctly. I was a great speller all throughout school. Even when my horny little ass used to send girls those, “Do you like me? Yes or no. Please check box” notes—I made sure I spelled my words correctly. And when I went to college, I wasn’t an English Major at first. I was trying to go into a nursing program, but the reading and writing process drew me into its arms and I ended up with a worthless degree in English—not to become a teacher—or even a writer/author. I just wanted to read and write and learn interesting shit for self-discovery and growth.
Becoming a writer is the byproduct of study and reading a shed-load of books.
When I’m on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, I read posts that are quite clever, but a misspelled word just fucks it up! I can’t help it! Misspelled words attack my eyeballs like a Tsunami! And again, I’m not talking about slang or Ebonics or simplifying words like “Your” to “Ur.” I can get with that. I’m talking about the outright misusage of a word in a sentence, like, “Your my best friend.” (I bet some of y'all don't know what's wrong with that last sentence!) Even as I write this sentence my computer is flagging it like, “Hey nigga! What the fuck’s up with ‘Your?’ You ig-nant bastard! It’s ‘you’re’, you dumb fuckwad!”
What really gets me—when I know how a particular person writes—like, really poorly and all-of-a-sudden they post something that is very well written and full of gigantic words—clearly not from their own mind—something copied & pasted—something plagiarized from another source and they post it as their own words and thoughts! Dayum! Nigga, cut it out! Give credit to the individual who wrote it! We know you don’t write and spell that well! LOL! This is how I look at you and your posts when I know you ain't write that shit!
And lastly—to you people who are trying to become writers. If you ain’t reading other’s books and shit, hang it up! The prerequisite for becoming a writer is that you must—I say—must be a reader! And just because you speak English doesn't mean you can be a writer. There are so many subtleties and rules and nuances that must be followed. Writing is an art-form, like singing or dancing or acting. Not everybody can do it!
But I'm talking to the novice. The everyday YouTuber, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter poster--and you Trolls on Worldstar, Allhiphop.com, VladTv, etc. who beez in da comment section writing real reckless and destroying the English language while justifying it by saying, "English is the white man's language anyway!" Shut-up dummy! I need to see some improvement in 2019 from some of you. I’ll be watching and making mental notes. Don’t let me have to blog about YOU! LOL!
Ps. If you see a grammatical error or a typo in my shit, leave it in the comments! Shout-out to Darrin Marion! Typo corrected! And yes, I'm a "tenderdick on the keyboard" because I'm an artist and I'm sensitive about my shit! LOL! Piece! Or is it Peace?
Khalil Amani is"Gay hip-hop's Straight Advocate." A Miami native who writes for Allhiphop.com, DJ Kay Slay’s Straight Stuntin Magazines. He’s been featured in L.A. Times, Miami New Times, Miami Herald, Thump/Vice/Noisey.com, Forward, Spin Magazine, DaveyD.com, DJ Kay Slay's Streetsweeper Sirius XM Radio Show, The Opperman Report, Sa NeterTV, CBS's, "West 57th Street" (1988), The Biography Channel's, "I Survived a Cult" (2010), The Biography Channel's, "Escaping Evil: My Life in a Cult" (2013) and 2018's, ID (Investigation Discovery) Channel in conjunction with People Magazine "Cults." Look for upcoming features on Mr. Amani in February 2019 on Oxygen Channel and People Magazine! Amani is the author of seven books, including the groundbreaking“Hip-Hop Homophobes...” (iuniverse.com ’07). Amani majored in English and Black Studies at San Diego Mesa College and the University of Nebraska. Follow on IG @khalil_amani, Facebook, Twitter @khalilamani. Email @firstname.lastname@example.org