“I’d rather be pissed off, then pissed on.”
The title of this Blog post was taken right off someone’s facebook post and got me thinking on grammar in the age of 140 or less character messages. Living in the faced paced texting, tweeting, and facebooking world there is the inevitable #textingdisaster (a great new hashtag and segment on Jimmy Fallon). That being said there are those acceptable occasional spelling errors and those unacceptable grammatical errors that quickly change the meaning of your message. “I’d rather be pissed off, then pissed on” is an example of an unacceptable error.
For those of you working on these words with your students I think you can appreciate how some of these than vs then errors occur. So do these errors continue throughout one’s lifetime or are they just caused by poor proofreading or that damn auto-correct?
Let’s take some time to review how Dictionary.com defines these words.
If anything “I’d rather be pissed off, then pissed on.” could be the perfect teaching tool to help those people confused use the correct word every time! They might start getting that correct and then give you a sentence like this one.“The dog the girl the boy knew saw ran away.” This technically is a grammatically correct sentence but hurts your head.
Just be sure to take the extra 3 seconds to proof read your posts before posting people! If you don’t, you could end up being a #textingdisaster superstar.