Raise Your Standards 5

Here’s a crazy thought: if you plan on selling a shirt with a slogan at your nationwide chain, you should probably be sure that you’ve got a firm grasp of basic English.

I’m going to take this as a teachable moment for the Youth of America (all of whom read my blog):

Your” is a possessive statement. “You’re is short for “You are” and suggests a state of existence.

I’m almost positive they meant to write “you’re.” As in, “If you are single, so am I.”

It is not “your” as in “If your single proofreader missed this, you need to fire him or her.”

Even if you fix this glaring error, you’re still stuck with a remarkably uninspired statement. What does “If you’re single, so am I” mean, exactly? The “you’re” in question is directed at whomever happens to read the shirt at any point in time – which, at this moment, means it’s directed at  you, me, and the whopping 40 return visitors this site gets every day. Shouldn’t we be teaching the Youth of America to have some standards? Then again, we’re not teaching them basic grammar skills, so I guess dating standards aren’t really a top priority.

I’m just saying, be a little more selective. Anyone can read this shirt. If they’re single, it might be for a very good reason.

I’m not even suggesting we throw out the t-shirt – just modify it a little. Maybe it could read,  “If you like classic rock and are single, so am I,” or “If you love sushi and are single, so am I.” If dating sites require 29 dimensions of compatibility, shouldn’t your t-shirt at least ask for one common interest before you declare yourself open for business?

Then again, that is asking a lot from a t-shirt that is gramatically one cat picture away from a LOLcat.

Thanks to Holly for bringing this one to my attention. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to sit on my porch and yell at the kids to get off my lawn while talking about how in my day, we knew the difference between “they’re,” “there,” and “their.”

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5 thoughts on “Raise Your Standards

  1. Reply Izalika Jan 31, 2011 5:45 pm

    Gaaaaahhhh this is killing my soul! I can’t believe someone let them commit poor grammar to a t-shirt!!

    HOW did no one catch this mistake?

  2. Reply Izalika Feb 1, 2011 9:24 pm

    Which only means one thing: even if they had the cutest clothes ever at the best prices in the world, I could never shop there. I literally cannot handle that much dumb.

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    This could change in the hours and days after the release but given how stable iOS 7 and iOS 8 have been, I’m confident that it will remain solid as we move away from the iOS 8.0.1 release date.

  4. Reply iPhone 7 Wallet Plus Case Jul 3, 2016 9:28 pm

    I add this because, to my mind, spending time in researching original sources to cite — not who discretely stole the contents from others — is essential

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