Is it good to be a Grammar Nazi?
You might be great in the English language but to keep correcting others all the time is not good
A quick Google search pops up a question: What according to pop culture is a Grammar Nazi? And the answer: A pedant who compulsively criticizes or corrects people’s grammar mistakes, typos, misspellings, and other errors in speech or writing. While the term sounds of honour and respect when given to someone, for others they become a pain in the neck.
Research has shown
A study was done by the University of Michigan surrounding the prophecy of and by the Grammar Nazis shows that a majority of respondents reported grammar is the more important and is more likely to be being bothered by grammatical errors.
The research involved 83 participants to read emails that either contained typos (for example ‘tkae’ or ‘lkie’), grammar errors (such as it’s/its or your/you’re), or no spelling mistakes at all. And were also asked to give information about themselves at the end.
The outcome revealed that extroverts are more likely to wave off spelling errors as they enjoy engaging with people, while introverts couldn’t tolerate a basic error as they have more sensitivity to variability.
It is foolish
For many people grammar Nazis are foolish, desperately trying to make themselves look more intelligent. While we all agree that spelling words correctly and constructing proper English sentences is important, but it is not all that matters in the world. Just because you can spell and pronounce every word doesn’t make you the sole caretaker of the language of English, anyway, it is a borrowed language.
Not good manners
Just for a second, imagine yourself sitting in a room full of people and being schooled and corrected for pronouncing a word incorrectly – how does that feel? To simplify, what you are doing when correcting others is basically belittling them, even as the simple tense mistake. For you might not know, that person may be more educated than you. So take a deep breath and let them be.
Digitally, definitely not
While you meticulously choose words, form sentences and compose your social media posts in proper English, doesn’t give you the right to keep commenting and correcting them. It is okay if the other person hasn’t used the comma where it was supposed to be, but it is not your duty. Well, definitely don’t ignore the language rules and point out mistakes in articles and presentations when someone asks you to.
It is human to make mistakes but not human to belittle someone. Also, in case someone corrects you, try and look at the bright side.