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Science proves that people who correct typos and grammar are usually jerks

We all suspected it, but now we finaly have the empiricial proof – grammar nazis are assholes.

Researchers at the university of michigan have drilled down into the minds of the obnoxious pedants whom feel the need to correct everyones grammar all the time.

As part of their study they asked 83 people to analyse an email full, of erors and then evaluated their personality traits.

The results were frankly unsurprising to.

Gramar police scored low on levels of agreeability and openmindedness, and high on levels of neuroticism and conscientiousness.

Ugh. Screw thoes guys.

The study also found that extraverts are more likely to overlook typos when judging a person, while introverts would negatively evaluate someones character if they’re email was full of mistakes.

Heres a handy guide to when and when you should and shouldnt correct peoples grammr or typoes:

Are you an English teacher, marking a students paper? Strike while the lion is hot, and correct that grammar!

Are you on Facebook? No, dont correkt that grammar – thats what assholes do! Fade into Bolivian.

Are you an asshole? Sure correct, that grammar! Upset that apple tart!

Are you an English teacher on Facebook? No, dont correct that gramar – social media is designed for efficient not correct communication. Quoth the raisin: “Nevermore”.

Grammar meme

(Actually though, grammar is kind of important – you should check out Grammar Girl who has the best explanation of common and tricky grammar dilemma that are really quite fun.)

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Comment (10)

    Andy

    Saturday 2 April 2016

    From above:
    As part of their study they asked 83 people to analyse an email full, of erors

    The correct spelling you are looking for is errors, erors on the other hand is the indefinite plural of era.

    Analyse an email full, of errors
    Vs
    Analyse an email full of errors

    I give up, if you don’t see the difference in the above.

    Handy guide on when to use Grammar:
    Always, especially if you are writing an article.

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    Barbaloot

    Sunday 3 April 2016

    From above: social media is designed for efficient not correct communication.

    Having a unified set of rules and conventions that govern a language (i.e. grammar) is what creates efficiency, at least for the subset of people that are capable of understanding those rules and conventions. The universality makes life easier. Being annoyed by poor grammar is no different that being annoyed by people who can’t manage a 4 way stop sign. In both instances you’ve been forced to reanalyize and respond to something without the guidance of convention.

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      Dennis

      Saturday 9 April 2016

      Barbaloot and Andy. Did you not understand or realize the article was full of misspellings and grammatical errors? Or were you too busy being grammer nazis, aka, assholes.

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      Dennis

      Saturday 9 April 2016

      Furthermore, Andy, beingannoyed by someone’s grammar is the same as being annoyed by someone’s choice of footwear. It has, or should have, no affect on you , physically or emotionally. Whereas someone’s inability to navigate a 4 way stop is dangerous and certainly could have a negative, even life threatening, impact on your wellbeing.
      Priorities my friend.

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        john

        Thursday 15 June 2017

        you misused “affect” lol

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        Jim

        Thursday 5 April 2018

        ” someone’s inability to navigate a 4 way stop is dangerous and certainly could have a negative, even life threatening, impact on your wellbeing.
        Priorities my friend.”

        Ahhh, someone’s grammar and spelling, when incorrect, leads to ambiguity which can easily lead to injury or death. Sure it really matters not when with regard to a face space entry, but when it relates to a “how to” on mains wiring on “Instructables” for example… (Whether or not it should or shouldn’t exist is a whole other topic)

        Very easy to flippantly excuse the ignorant and uneducated, but it’s a slippery slope.

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    Jonathan

    Sunday 1 May 2016

    Kind of funny, I suppose. But seriously (since the other commenters seem to be treating it as such), context is all-important. Spelling and grammatical errors in an email to a friend (or in a Facebook post) clearly don’t matter, as long as there’s very little possibility of misunderstanding. But if you receive a job application by email and that email contains errors, that’s a different story altogether.

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    John Smith

    Tuesday 18 July 2017

    Anyway, it’s “arse” not “ass”

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    Marfa

    Sunday 4 March 2018

    I like good grammar as much as the next guy, but at 48 years of age I have realized a few things:

    1- Most of the people that I know don’t want to be corrected.
    2- My time on this planet is getting shorter and I’d rather spend it fixing myself.
    3- The majority of the people who have corrected me have done it in a butthole way. ?

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    What is a "jerk"?

    Friday 4 January 2019

    What is a “jerk”?

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