What are you thankful for?

At this time of year, we often reflect on our lives and blessings and proclaim our gratitude for the people and things around us. For me, I’m thankful that I don’t work for a Web site like Yahoo! Shine, where the editorial standards are lower than those you’d find in a high school newspaper.

If you asked people what they’re grateful for, their answers might surprise you:

I’d be grateful for a professional writer who knows how to perform a simple spell-check. This word doesn’t have multiple Ts:

Or a writer who knows that the school is Hofstra University:

And this other school is Temple University. It’s one thing to make a mistake once in a while, but to make mistakes every day? That’s just a common, everyday occurrence on Shine. I’m thankful that I learned at an early age that you need to include little words, like an, in some sentences:

You don’t have to be a psychologist to see that this isn’t right:

You don’t have to be a grammarian to know that an apostrophe is no substitute for a quotation mark and that dinnertime is one word:

If someone suggests that you take a class in grammar, or at least learn to match a verb with its subject, you should be grateful for the advice:

What are you thankful for?

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