Grammar 101 for DJs!

February 24, 2012 by Arnoldo Offermann

In my spare time, I like to check out other DJ websites or promo materials. I think we all have done this to see what others are doing and to get inspiration for new updates or ideas. However, one of the things that drives me absolutely batty is grammar. Although I encourage DJs to use slang on a teen-based site, writing “you and your friends will be able to TXT us on the big screen” is a tad different than “you and you’re guest can text us on teh big screens.” In fact, the mistakes I am about to go over are so elementary yet very common.

Since we are in the BUSINESS of COMMUNICATIONS (unless you don’t talk AT ALL during events), it is very important that we speak with proper grammar, even if we use a bit of slang for marketing purposes. Is this possible? Did I give you the ultimate paradox? The answer is “yes” on both counts. It’s like me asking others to show me some cool DJ attitude without sagging their pants or wearing their hat backward, but it CAN be done!

Get ready for a third-grade lesson that many slept through. Yes, you WILL use this stuff in the future.

You’re autocorrect won’t help you, your going to get this wrong.

As exemplified above, the two words above are used incorrectly. You’re is a contraction for you are, while your is a possessive noun. Don’t switch them around, please!

The Three Themigos:

The word they’re means they are. For example: “They’re going to use this word wrong; I just know it!”

The word there describes the state of a noun or verb’s location. “We are going to set up over there.”

Finally, their is the possessive noun of they. “Their new school setup is phenomenal!”

Understand the three meanings above because if I see “Your guests will have the time of there lives” one more time, I will DDOS your website! Hahaha.

FOREVER ALONE?

Speaking of guests, you DO know that is a plural noun, correct? Far too many websites have “you and your guest will . . .” written all over. Unless your client invited a +1 and that’s it, they have GUESTS in THEIR wedding. (See what I did there?)

Possessive Plurals DON’T EXIST on DJs’ websites! <– Unless it’s like that.

This is perhaps my favorite mistake; and by favorite, I mean I WANT TO PUT A BULLET IN MY HEAD WHEN I SEE THIS.

The plural form of DJ is DJs.
The plural form of MC is MCs.
The possessive form of DJ is DJ’s.
The possessive form of MC is MC’s.
The possessive form of more than one DJ is DJs’.
The possessive form of more than one MC is MCs’.

Never again should the sentence “We have interactive DJ’s and MC’s” appear ANYWHERE. Actually, even in proper grammar form, that sentence should be obliterated from existence.

Shakespeare and Snoop Dogg make up words, not we.

DJ is short for Disc Jockey, not DeeJay.
MC is short for Master of CeremoniesMike ChanterMicrophone Controller, one who “moves the crowd,” or Music Commentator. Many of these come from hip-hop culture.

MC can be spelled out as emcee if you’re a rapper. This has crossed over to our industry, too. “He is the emcee for the reception.”

Emcee and DeeJay can be found in the dictionary. So can the word ain’t. Enough said.

DJing is not a word. DJing says Disc Jockeying, which is a load of rubbish. You aren’t Master of Ceremoniesing a wedding either, unless you mean you are emceeing a wedding. If so, you’re laying down fresh beats while laying a hot flow over them. Kudos, yo.

DJ and MC are nouns, not verbs. You are not “DJing” or “MCing” a wedding. You are the DJ of a wedding reception. You will be the MC for so and so’s wedding. We’re all guilty of this, myself included.

Welcome the bridal party! EFF THE GROOM!

When you introduce the bridal party, you are introducing just the bride’s side. Wait, you wanted to introduce the bridesmaids AND groomsmen? In that case, you are introducing the wedding party. A huge kudos goes to Peter Merry for pointing out that rookie mistake in me years ago!

These examples are just a small, but common, set of mistakes I’ve seen on many DJs’ websites. Look through yours and get it fixed ASAP. Maybe grammar isn’t your strong suit; you can speak well, but writing isn’t your strong suit. Leave it to a professional! Have a proofreader go over your materials and fix any errors!

I recommend Tiffany Morgan with Write Word Edit. http://www.WriteWordEdit.com/

Good luck!

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Arnoldo Offermann is the president of 4SchoolsOnly, a national phenomenon in school dances. In a market where DJs cry about $500 school DJs, 4SO sees 10-20x that price tag per event. Arnoldo is also the creator of Master School Dances, the leading educational tools for DJs wanting to get into this great market. He is a sought-after speaker, reviewer, and DJ tech-writer. You can learn more at http://MasterSchoolDances.com


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