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Topshop T-shirt

Using incorrect grammar is like wearing your underwear on the outside of your clothes. You’re covered, but you still look like an idiot.

Yahoo! posted this story a few days ago and I was compelled to share it.  Those commenting on the article were surprised because they felt that Yahoo! is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to online grammar and punctuation.  Nonetheless, Yahoo! posted “If you’re a grammar nerd (and we are), then you’ll get it.”

The article posted a picture and a story about one of Nordstrom’s latest offerings, the “It’s Not Me Slash Tee” by Topshop.  It’s being advertised on its website bearing a familiar breakup phrase — except Topshop should have hired a copy editor before manufacturing the T-shirt, because it bears a grammatical error so glaring, it has us gritting our teeth.

Across the collar of the distressed pink shirt is the phrase:  “its not you its me.”  That’s right — for those keeping score, the contraction for “it is” is missing an apostrophe not once but twice!  Instead, the phrase uses the apostrophe-free word “its,” which is the possessive form of the word “it.”

That was extremely difficult for me to even type those words without proper apostrophes!  

“Let him down easy with this relaxed tee made with a neckline that’s slashed on one side and quickly ends the conversation on the other,” the website description reads, making sure to use an apostrophe while combining “that” and “is.” The cotton short-sleeve crew neck may be cute, but it commits a grammatical crime too egregious to ignore. The store is charging $22 for its flawed top.

Did you know that bad grammar has been known to hurt your chances of getting a date? Brit & Co. points out:  “According to stats released in 2016 from Match, Grammarly, and eHarmony, your potential love interests may be just as turned off as your high school English teacher by poor spelling, grammar, and word choice.”

Interesting.  Bad grammar and punctuation sets my teeth on edge.  What about you?

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