Yore and you’re are easily confused words.
The spell-check application of most word processing software programs would not catch a slip-up of these two words. Spell-check is looking for words that aren’t in its dictionary, and words that resemble words in its dictionary, but are possibly spelled wrong. Spell-check isn’t perfect. It doesn’t know and can’t guess what word you wanted, or what word you meant, it can only judge the words on the page. If you used words that are all spelled correctly, it gives you a pass anyway.
Autocorrect suggests words that start with the same letters. It’s suggesting what word you may want to save time, but quite often, its suggestions are pretty off base. They don’t help you out, but they do make you laugh.
Yore (“yohr”; rhymes with bore, fore, core, more) is a noun. It is another way of saying the past, yesteryear, the olden days. It’s not a word that appears in everyday conversation in the 2010s, but it does appear in songs lyrics, like Christmas carols.
- From the American carol “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”: “here we are as in olden days, happy golden days of yore…”
You’re (pronounced “your”; rhymes with sure, cure) is a contraction of “you are.” If there’s any doubt about whether you need “you’re” or “your” in a sentence, insert “you are” into the sentence in its place. If it sounds awkward, then you probably wanted “your,” the possessive word, instead.
The following story uses both words correctly:
Yuri’s face brightened like he just realized something. “Did I ever tell you about the time the dog fell through the ice on Christmas and I had to fetch it?”
Yuliya said, “You’re repeating yourself, Dad, you just told that story a half hour ago.” She was concerned her dad’s memory had gotten worse in the last year.