I just want to say for the record that the fact that I often make common grammar mistakes, such as “they’re/their/there”, “its/it’s”, “your/you’re” and so forth should not be taken as evidence that I am not particularly adept with the English language. In fact, I have, my entire life, consistently scored in the 99th percentile and higher on verbal and language skills tests. I do, in fact, know the differences of proper grammatical usage between and among the above examples, and many more, despite the fact that I have a tendency to use commas as if I were born in the 17th Century, the which I attribute to an overly developed sense of the dramatic. I was, after all, a student of the theatre at university. I’m not altogether certain why in my writing I tend to be much more formal in my sentence construction, nor am I certain that I know quite why I display such a tendency to use parenthetical phrases, but you can be certain that my speech patterns are as colloquial as anyone’s, should the mood strike me.
The thing is, though, that sometimes, in my rush to post something, my brain gets a little bit ahead of my fingers. It’s the Internet, after all. I often find myself revising thoughts in the middle of a sentence, and since I am not the world’s most proficient touch typist (in fact, I constantly look at my fingers to see what they are doing), sometimes I fail to go back far enough into what I’ve written to readjust. Also, lately I find that my fingers occasionally type words other than the ones about which I am thinking. I find this disconcerting, to say the least.