Taylor Swift wore a simple yellow T-shirt this week in New York. The scoop-neck tee had the phrase “no its becky” across the chest. The meme refers to a Tumblr post (captured below) that has become a favorite of Swifties worldwide. The post features a black-and-white photo of what looks like a younger Taylor Swift. But the caption reads: “This is a picture of my friend Becky. She used to be a happy, popular girl until one night she snorted marijuana at a party. She died instantly. Please, don’t do marijuana. It’s the most dangerous drug out there. Please don’t wind up like Becky.” Someone replied “pretty sure that’s Taylor Swift.” The reply to that was “no its becky”.
It’s no secret that proper punctuation is a rarity on social media platforms like Tumblr but Taylor Swift’s blatant disregard for the apostrophe has English teachers everywhere seething. (Don’t mention the lack of a capital letter or period!) Online retailers including society6.com have already jumped on the meme train of poor grammar and are selling the ‘no its becky’ shirt to kids.