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Why does my OCD make me so annoyed by people's wrong usage of words like "they, they're, their, there, were, where, and we're"?

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I don't know anything about you or your diagnosis, but OCD is really hip right now, and a lot of (mostly suburban white) people are appropriating the term because they want to have a thing. I'm not saying that this is you, but the fact that the term gets thrown around so much may have confused you as to what actually constitutes OCD. OCD is a disorder that is characterized by obsessive thoughts that often lead to thoroughly unnecessary rituals that are believed to set the universe right. As with all psychological disorders, it is totally irrational and that is what makes it unhealthy. Being annoyed by so many people's embarrassing ignorance or refusal to abide by English spelling and grammar that would only serve to make them better communicators, much more likely to land better jobs doesn't make you OCD. It makes you aware, observant, and more disciplined, as you actually paid attention in grade school, when we were all taught these basic elements of our language. And there are real consequences for people misusing the words you listed. Our thoughts are only as good as the way we express them. We can't see inside each other's heads, so we have to communicate our thoughts clearly. The meaning of a sentence can be obscured by even one letter. And even if I do understand that a person meant "their" instead of "there" they sent me a message in their incorrect homophone, and it is not a positive one. Many of the people who eschew grammar, spelling, and punctuation, whether out of ignorance or laziness, often get all sour grapes about grammar and usage, and cite some misguided, adolescent iconoclasm for being such poor communicators. That's their problem and their baggage, not yours.

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Wow- reading your response was a treat! Beautiful writing, lol. Hope to read more.
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Excellent answer, Rees!
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Hey, thanks y'all:) I'm very honored and appreciative.
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I was actually diagnosed with OCD. And my grades ALL last year averages out to be 94 (every class combines in each quarter and then put together as a year), which makes me happy. Sometimes I let my OCD take over while other times I just get away from the annoying thing. I think you'de be surprised how many disorders I have ( : It's all on my profile
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Goodness gracous I had a lot of typos in ther! Well, not really a lot but... 2
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I know OCD is hard, I went and still kind of go through it. People who suffer through it don't necessarily suffer it EXACTLY through the same things. It's pretty annoying when people mix those things up and everyone gets bothered by it.

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People with obsessive compulsive disorder are naturally perfectionists, critical, organized, clean / hygienic and tidy. Absolutely every aspect in their lives must be logical, in order and perfect - it's totally normal to be like that.

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I don't have OCD and that annoys me too. I mean it is 4th grade grammar! I don't know why it is so difficult for some people.

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I would say "thumbs up", but...I guess we're calling them "stars" now?
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Well, hi, dvdprincess. I have a form of OCD also and it can affect people in many ways, honey. Those kind of things get to me also, but I just try to laugh at myself and get over them. But the things that REALLY bother me, you could probably laugh at yourself and get over, too. I also know what it's like to have something that just annoys the heck out of you until you just want to scream. I work with a therapist because I have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, so she tries to help me with this also. If this were my exact problem, I would TRY to work on thinking, "Life is a war, and this is just a battle. I'm going to pick my battles and this one isn't worth it. There are more important things." Now please understand, honey, I'm not taking away any of your feelings. They are SO real. This is just how she's worked with me and it has helped me so much. It's just a suggestion, that's all. I hope it helps. You'll be in my thoughts!

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What an awesome answer!
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Well, thanks, honey! How sweet. Four words just made my day. So, I'll just shoot back to you that you're pretty awesome because I really needed that!
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