Monday, October 01, 2007

The Dirty Burrito Updated His Blog

It drives me nuts that Facebook doesn’t use proper grammar. Whenever the News Feed shows a profile update that requires the use of a third person possessive pronoun, it always uses “their.”

For example, “Abe Froman, the Sausage King of Chicago, added ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ to their favorite movies.” This is annoyingly incorrect.

It should read, “Abe Froman, the Sausage King of Chicago, added ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ to his favorite movies.”

If it had said, “Abe Froman, the Sausage King of Chicago, and Sloane Peterson added ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ to their favorite movies,” then it also would have been correct.

Facebook is a multi-million dollar enterprise started by a Harvard graduate. With all of the crappy new applications, such as “What is your porn star name,” can’t the company get someone to insert a piece of code that would recognize whether someone is male or female based on his/her profile, and have updates include the proper grammar.

And we wonder why people use incorrect phrases like “same difference” and don't know that "should of" doesn't actually exist.

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