#NaBloPoMo Challenge: Day 1 – My Favorite Quote

Mark Twain

“Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very”; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be” – Mark Twain

I have never been one for remembering quotes, so while many other people are probably writing a Bible verse or some quote that makes life out to be rainbows and sunshine, mine is a bit more ME “Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very”; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be” by Mark Twain.

Why is that ME, you ask? I consider myself to be a Grammar Nazi, I can’t stand text speak, it takes longer to decipher it than it does to just type out the whole word, so there is no point, in my opinion.

The fact that children in 3rd and 4th grade aren’t able to read, or write a complete sentence really bothers me. Honestly, I don’t even care if they use the word “very” as long as it fits into an actual sentence! “U mad bro?” is NOT a sentence, nor is it proper spelling, it is atrocious and makes me want to punch them in the face!

Another one that gets to me is “alot” NO! The words you are looking for are “a lot”

alot is not a word

Here are some spelling and grammar hints for the illiterate generation.

Know the difference between key words!

They’re = They Are

Their = Shows Possession

There = Specifies a Location

You’re = You Are

Your = Shows Possession

It’s = It Is

Its = Shows Posession

We’re = We Are

Were = Paste Tense of Are

Loose = Not Fixed In Place

Lose = Cease to Keep

Affect = An Action

Effect = A Result

Could’ve = Could Have


Willow Stevens

Willow is a parent of 6, who is starting to feel the emptying nest, with faer oldest child living with his long time girlfriend in a different state, and the next two beginning their talks about jobs and excitment of living on their own. Fae started couponing back in 2007 to save faer growing family some money. That's how Freetail Therapy was born, so that fae could share faer knowledge of saving money with others. Though the site has become so much more since then, and now includes homeschooling and homesteading info, Willow still does it all on a budget and shares how. Fae enjoys snagging freebies, getting coupon overage, drinking coffee, gardening, rabbits and of course, faer large family.

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