Tuesday, September 11, 2012

We Are Grammar Nazis


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  1. I agree and have been called a grammar nazi from time to time. However, it is my biggest pet peeve to see people correcting menial spelling errors on Facebook such as the confusion of their, there and they're.

    Here's why:

    1. 99% of the time the context of the message stands true regardless of the small spelling error. It doesn't take an English major to crack the code of something like, "Our beer is colder then your ex." This is actually something I saw someone correct earlier this week. There is a comparison being made between the two objects present in the given statement. Therefore, there's no reason for someone to post a comment asking, "Then your ex did what?"

    2. People who take it upon themselves to correct grammar in places like Facebook or Twitter are generally asshats. Unless there is a noticeable confusion in the understanding of the message--keep your traps shut. Here was my response to a ridiculous "grammar nazi":
    Oooo, look… grammar nazi’s are in our midst. Everyone watch as they flex their intellectual muscles and show us how smart they are by eloquently correcting a sign that was probably written by some small town college dropout.

    1. I can understand the annoyance and for very small things like that, they might annoy me, but as long as I understand the message, then I usually let it go. Some people really can be cruel when correcting grammar and spelling and that I do not approve of. People who are concerned with grammar and spelling need to pick their battles wisely so that others can be educated rather than alienated.

  2. I had someone correct me on Twitter for not capitalizing the word 'internet', even though that word, in the lower case, is now in the dictionary. If you're going to correct someone, at least make sure you're right. v( '-' )v

    1. A lot of modern words and concepts are in that gray area. Internet used to be capitalized when it was new, but, as it has become more common, people switch between capitalizing and not. I do it myself. While I don't think that "internet" versus "Internet" is a battle worth fighting, the person may have genuinely thought it was supposed to be capitalized because it was at one time.