Look at that, a new feature! Because I seem to have somehow attracted a big grammar geek following and if we can all agree that grammar is something to get outraged over, then by all means, we should discuss it more often. As often as I can think of new things to write about anyway.
Item One: A sign I saw this weekend for a Re-Grand Opening. No, Copps, you are not having a Re-Grand Opening, you are having a Grand Re-Opening. Even learning disabled elementary schoolers generally understand that the re- beginning means again. You, Copps, are opening again, not granding again.
Item Two: It's and who's. These are contractions, folks, short for it is and who is. If you are referring to something that belongs to it or who, the words are its and whose. I know, it's confusing, seeing as how we usually use an apostrophe to show possession. But just like yours, his, hers, ours, and theirs, its and whose have no apostrophes. Now you know, and knowing's half the battle.
Item Three: If I wanted to tell you about where I lived in Austin, I could talk about Amy and I's house. This is, after all, what a lot of people would do. But I would never do that. It was Amy's and my house. There is no possessive pronoun I's. You can use this if you want to know how many i's are in a word, but that's it. (Note: If the side that is for it wins, then the ayes have it, not the I's.)
Item Four: Literally. It has been said before, but it cannot be said often enough. Literally means in actuality. If you literally died of laughing, YOU WOULD BE DEAD.
That will probably about do it for tonight. I am literally falling asleep typing this. No, really.