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Oh Noes! The Grammar Police Are Lurking

For me, the biggest problem with the internet in general and social media in particular is those people who seem to feel the need to point out everything they find wrong with what you do, what you say, or how you say it. Call them Internet Police, Grammar Police, or (Pick a word) Police. What right do they have to point fingers at others and declare that someone is stupid, a moron, a douchebag or whatever? In my honest opinion, people who do this regularly are not much better than trolls. It’s one thing to disagree with a persons politics or ideas, it’s quite another thing to attack the person who holds them.

When I read a blog, or a tweet or a comment, I look at what I’m reading with the knowledge that the person writing it might not be from an English speaking country. Sometimes I ask myself if they might be connected to the World Wide Web via Smartphone or other small keyboard device? I’m also aware that every country has regional dialects which will affect how they speak and in many cases how they spell. None of which makes them “schtupit”, just interestingly different.

In life, I’ve met people who could speak many different languages fluently and still couldn’t say the word aluminum. Rather than a-lum-in-um it would become al-u-min-ium. I can’t speak any language other than the language of the country in which I was born. What right do I have to say anything at all? People make mistakes, we’re all different and we all should have a value to one another in spite of those differences. Frankly, these mistakes are amusing to me because they show a side of people that I might not get to know in another manner. 

I’m no authority on anything. I blog, which means I have opinions. I research an issue before I say anything and my opinions are based on my understanding of not only what I’ve read, but what I’ve experienced. I’m still aware that I’m not always right and that there is plenty of room for debate. That debate isn’t going to help me understand another person’s view if all that transpires is an attack, by me, on their character.

Save all that righteous anger for those who truly deserve it. There are enough scammers and criminals online that could be exposed for who they really are. They are much more dangerous than the person who doesn’t agree with your politics or doesn’t write the way you want them to. The use of bad grammar isn’t a crime, scamming people into sending money under false pretenses is.

4 Responses to Oh Noes! The Grammar Police Are Lurking

  1. Butterose February 10, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Personally, I’d prefer to see bloggers not using text or chatroom spelling, but it’s not something I’m going to call them stupid over. As a matter of fact, probably wouldn’t say anything at all about it.

  2. admin February 9, 2011 at 9:33 am

    I don’t get the grammar police either…it’s the Internet ( LOL, ROLF, BRB, etc… ), the hotbed of acronyms and cramming words into 140 characters. It’s not English Studies. 😉

  3. Butterose February 8, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Nope, only if you call them douchebags or morons for doing it and continually say they’re stupid. 😉 I was following some Twitter people who have been doing it at any opportunity. I’ve unfollowed all but one. That one doesn’t do it all the time the way the others did. I may unfollow that one too. Simply because I’m just plain tired of the constant criticizing of people who just want to have fun. 😀

  4. legbamel February 6, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    So does it make me the grammar police to point out that Brits spell (and pronounce) the metal “aluminium” rather than the Americanized version? That’s not a failing on their part it’s a cultural difference. 😉

    I do agree that there is far too much nit-picking and not enough support on-line, though. I’d rather see someone calling out others for being scammy, spammy, or just plain using people than see someone pick apart another’s grammar or spelling. Unless, that is, the person is me and is using anonymous examples to make a point for purposes of education on a stand-alone blog. 😀

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