The most common MISUSED word on the Internet is…

The most common MISUSED word on the Internet is…

Everyday and every second of every minute of every hour someone, somewhere is using the following word incorrectly:


It is the contraction of you are. Remember contractions in grammar school? Ways of shortening two words: It’s, We’re, They’re, etc.

For some reason, Americans of all variety, shapes, sizes, ethnicity, educational levels have a tough time using it correctly.

Most write “Your” when they are talking to someone and addressing them, usually “dressing them down”, in response to something they wrote online.

It is so often misued that a few bots have been created which auto respond to those who use the word wrong on Twitter. It’s similar to the auto bot that correct folks who use the words “sneak peek” wrong and instead type “sneak peak.”

I know fellow Grammar Nazis cringe each time a “You’re” is used incorrectly in the social media stratosphere. I envision a world where all English speakers will use the contraction correctly.

Alas, I fear that day will never ever come.

And now, a few memes and cartoons I found online created to address the issue:


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Jeneba Jalloh Ghatt can be heard nightly at 8pm on DCRadio/WHUR 96.3HD4 on "Coming to America with Wayna and Friends. She is an editor at, founder of the Digital Publiching Academy and where she teaches online creators how to navigate digital entrepreneurship and offers Do-It-For-You Blogging Service. She manages her lifestyle sites BellyitchBlog, Jenebaspeaks and and is the founder of 200 Black Women in Tech On Twitter. Her biz podcast 10 Minute Podcast is available on iTunes and Follow her on Twitter at @Jenebaspeaks. Buy her templates over at her legal and business templates on Etsy shop!


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