Grammar Police: Acceptable vs. Non-acceptable Ignorance

If I posted a status on Facebook claiming that there were 52 states in the US or that 2+2=7, people would likely not hesitate to not only correct me, but likely lambaste the shit out of me for being so ignorant.

And yet, it’s considered passe, annoying, and even rude to correct improper grammar.  People like me are referred to as “grammar nazis,” as if preferring people use correct English, which we were supposed to have learned in school, is something about which to be embarrassed.

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Aside from wanting to grind my teeth into dust when I see people who should know better mix up “your” and “you’re,”  the educational and social double standard that this is somehow acceptable annoys the piss out of me.  These same people who complain about grammar nazis are likely also complaining about the “state of education” in the country.  I’m just sayin’…

grammar-memeIt’s not like these rules are arbitrary.  To me, the fact that “you” and “are” can combine to make “you’re” and that word’s meaning is completely different from “your” does not seem to be an impossible or nonsensical concept.  I’m really not even trying to rag on people who make this mistake (I even do it sometimes if my brain is moving faster than my fingers can type.)  It just annoys me that there seems to be some sort of double standard where, once out of high school, English is regarded as Math/Geography/[fill in blank with subject]‘s bastard red-headed stepchild.  I’m not even talking about people needing to know every obscure rule of grammar there is;  I’m talking very basic grammar here.

No one loves a grammar nazi...except another grammar nazi...

No one loves a grammar nazi…except maybe another grammar nazi…

Well, I know all this bitching won’t do anything to change anything.  We grammar nazis are routinely ignored.  But I figured that at the very least, I could get a blog post out of it, and we could all enjoy some grammar memes.   Oh noes.  I’m a… “grammar nerd!”

I was actually THINKING this last night....

I was actually THINKING this last night….

No one is feeling MY nuts!

No one is feeling MY nuts!

You all just better watch your step! Liam is serious.

You all just better watch your step! Liam is serious.

 

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18 responses to “Grammar Police: Acceptable vs. Non-acceptable Ignorance

  1. Love it! I get so annoyed when predictive text changes something and I don’t catch it in time. I made a comment somewhere yesterday and dammit if it didn’t change well to we’ll or something like that. I tried to edit it but lost interest when I couldn’t find the comment again. And of course, I totally agree (even though I quite often start a sentence with ‘and’).

  2. I hate it when Americans make bad grammar official. You know like when the proper English word ” Humour” suddenly has to become “Humor” in American-English. No, it’s no laughing matter…

    • I hate it how Hollywood feels it’s necessary to remake all foreign films. (Sadly, they are likely correct when they assume that many people are too lazy or ethnocentric to watch a foreign film…)

  3. oh… btw… just so you know… Don’t you ever DARE to criticize MY Gramma! She’s nearly a hundred years old and i absolutely love her!

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