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Hypothetically, if someone in a position of power were to consistently write "your" instead of "you're..

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AmIOdetteOrOdileOrABagpipe Thu 22-Jan-09 14:30:42

...what would be the correct course of action? Flag it to them in an email? On the / a thread? Or just shove my knuckles in my mouth everytime I got the urge to say something?

(and was that the correct use of the subjunctive in the title?)

RubyRioja Thu 22-Jan-09 14:32:12

Use a clever email to lure them to a private location and beat them severely?

AmIOdetteOrOdileOrABagpipe Thu 22-Jan-09 17:31:53

I like your way of thinking, but I only know this person virtually........

HecateQueenOfGhosts Thu 22-Jan-09 17:34:36

Did you know that when you click 'reply' to an email, you can scroll down to what they had put and edit it?

See how long before she notices. grin

madwomanintheattic Thu 22-Jan-09 17:35:07

i would cut and paste, correct in red, and return.

i used to do this to my boss.

i don't work there now.

madwomanintheattic Thu 22-Jan-09 17:36:54

oh, in the actual e-mail text?

yes, edit and return...

grin

madwomanintheattic Thu 22-Jan-09 17:38:11

i am a cow, though...

AmIOdetteOrOdileOrABagpipe Thu 22-Jan-09 17:43:10

What if it occurred <looks over shoulder> on MN?

choosyfloosy Thu 22-Jan-09 17:44:15

I would passively aggressively respond using 'you're' about 15 times every email/post.

They would take no notice. I would be chewing the carpet.

Feenie Thu 22-Jan-09 17:45:28

Our headteacher used to misuse the apostrophe regularly, mostly when using a possessive "its". I told him every single time (it kept appearing in letters to parents, fgs), and eventually I resorted to teaching it specifically in a staff training session under the guise of a new literacy strategy. It cured the problem! Now, however, he constantly misspells words like 'liaise' (liase) and recently used a greengrocer's apostrophe in 'tomatoes' in a letter to parents about the KS1 fruit scheme. Arrghhh!

PaulaMummyKnowsBest Sat 24-Jan-09 19:28:40

I worked with a teacher who always used the wrong spelling.

She would correct homework with "you're presentation could be better" etc

3 years into the job and she is still doing it

Bink Mon 26-Jan-09 13:44:52

Lia[i]se is a famous glitch, though, isn't it? - in that if you write "liaise" the Microsoft spell-checker corrects it to to "liase" - which I'd refuse since I am confident in using "liaise"; but if you weren't confident (and it sounds as if your HT isn't confident) you'd (a) leave it as "liase" and (b) think that "liaise" is actually wrong, so not use it even when spell-checker not involved.

Tomato'es grin, no excuse.

hatwoman Mon 26-Jan-09 13:59:47

I would either do what chooseyfloosey says or I'd spend about a day thinking of a witty reposte to one particular instance - one that used "my" to show up the ridiculousness of the original "your". I'd probably fail as I'm not very good at witty repostes so I'd just revert to chewing

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