Do you feel compelled to point out other's mistakes in spelling and grammar?

@movicont (495)
United States
March 24, 2009 8:14pm CST
I was just curious---do any of you feel compelled to point out other people's mistakes in spelling and grammar (or, more adequately labeled, be a grammar/spelling nazi)? Sometimes I feel like the mistake is so egregious that I have to, but other times I feel that pointing it out would be plain rude. Thoughts?
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• United States
25 Mar 09
Oh, I always feel compelled! Do I actually follow through? No. It is considered quite rude for one to correct others, and here is why: Not everyone is well-educated, and not everyone has a proper grasp of the English language - especially if English is not their first language; let alone the arduous task of memorizing every rule of punctuation, spelling, parts of speach, et al. The person may also be dyslexic. By correcting someone, you make yourself seem like a pompous twit, and a know-it-all. No one likes a pompous twit, and no one likes a know-it-all. This is the reason I keep my mouth shut - especially I can, in all actuality, understand the message they are trying to convey - it really is unavailing - not to mention vain of me - to correct them.
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• United States
25 Mar 09
No, I wouldn't point out grammar and spelling mistakes here on mylot.. but if someone I know had a web page or something and it was riddled with errors I would tell them.. but if they got offended I would just let them embarrass themselves with their errors. I'd never say a thing to them about it. I know if I was on a website with a bunch of errors and the person was wanting me to buy a service or product from them.. I would not take them seriously.
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@scheng1 (24741)
• Singapore
25 Mar 09
i have bad grammar due to the fact that I process thoughts in Chinese, and Chinese language do not have grammar structure like English. And I do not think that grammar is the most important aspect of a language. Purpose of a language is to communicate, to bring thoughts across and to unite the world. Once the writer, with good English or otherwise, is able to communicate his thoughts, then language serves its purpose. Plus language evolves, the English that is acceptable in Shakespeare's times is no longer acceptable in our society. Who can tell what will happen to English a hundred years from now. Maybe we will all speak and write in sms format.
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@stealthy (8188)
• United States
25 Mar 09
No, I don't; especially not here where typos are so easy to make. I don't even point it out but very rarely, if then, when it involves a pet peeve of mine which is when someone uses "real" when they should use "really" which is a mistake that is far to common, even being done by TV news people. Of course it is hard for me to point out mistakes since I make a lot and, in particular, since I am a very poor speller.
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• United States
25 Mar 09
I don't. I am sure I have made plenty of mistakes myself. Spelling and grammar does bother me in a professional work environment...but not on a discussion board. A lot of the people here speak English as a second language, so I say cut them some slack. I am sure they would take the correction as a good thing as long as it was not said in a rude way...but I just don't go there. I do like to correct someone if they say some random fact that I happen to know is not true at all. Usually it's just something that they are pulling out of their butt from ignorance.
• United States
25 Mar 09
No , I would never try to correct anyone on mylot for spelling or grammar . I know there are mylotters from all over the world , and alot of them are learning English as a second language . Why would I correct them for learning ? I'm proud of them for trying , and can over look mistakes . I make plenty myself , but people seem to understand what I'm saying just fine .
@kirei24 (252)
• Philippines
3 Apr 09
Most of the time, i just ignore thier simple mistakes for i am also made some mistakes like that. Especially when i do get the point of the poster. In discussion the thought is more important than the grammar or spelling the poster used. Unless the grammar or the spelling affected what the poster mean. Thats the time i would ask the poster what he/she mean or made some corrections. You know it is not rude to correct someone else mistakes in grammar or spelling as long as you said it in a right or polite manner. In general, most poster here would gladly accept criticism because it will make them improved theirselves and thier grammar.
• India
31 Mar 09
ya earlier when i was a kid in school i used to correct my friends mistakes in grammer or pronounciation of words but they used to feel that i was teasing them i used to feel ashamed ifi myself made any mistakes and others used to correct me.
@dfollin (12770)
• United States
26 Mar 09
I feel compelled to,but I do not point it out.I think probably that the writer has already seen it themselves.
@reichiru (748)
• Canada
26 Mar 09
I am compelled most of the time to point out other people's mistakes, but I usually don't due to the fact that I'm just plain lazy. I think that if they have spelling errors, and most people do anyways, they will either correct it themselves, or someone else will tell them. If they don't correct it, it just gives me the impression that they don't care, so I don't bother dealing with people who make mistakes. If it's just a minor error, then it's fine. But if the entire paragraph is misspelled/has bad grammar, I would just not read it. I wouldn't want to waste my time reading something that's hard to understand. But everyone makes mistakes, and I have to use spellcheck a lot too to make sure I didn't spell anything wrong.
@KATRINKA (1659)
• United States
25 Mar 09
I notice spelling and grammar errors all the time, and sometimes I just want to scream! I've been holding off posting a discussion on the proper uses of an apostrophe. One of my pet peeves is how people use apostrophes to indicate plural nouns. I don't correct or point out others' mistakes, for fear of seeming intolerant.
@Amber4106 (541)
• United States
25 Mar 09
I notice a lot of mistakes in other people's sentences as well as in my own. I'm not perfect by any means, but sometimes I can't stand to read some of the stuff that people write. I don't usually feel compelled to point them out though. I don't want to be rude or hurt someone's feelings. I talk to my sister quite a bit on messenger, and correct her on her spelling, but I know that she doesn't mind. Most of the time she will purposely mispell things just to get me riled up.
25 Mar 09
If the error is minor and what the writer trying to say is understandable, then I won't care. But if the grammar error is so obvious until I cannot understand what they are trying to say, then I will politely tell them that I cannot understand what they are trying to say, maybe there are grammatical error in their writing.
@rebelmel (1387)
• United States
25 Mar 09
I try not to, but I always do. I can't stand it when people make simple mistakes over and over and over again. The one I hate the most is "are" and "our" Those two aren't even close to the same!
@Yori88 (1468)
• Philippines
25 Mar 09
When I see some words that are misspelled I point them to my husband when I am with him but I make sure no one sees me pointing. He takes a look and he says that is an error and that should be noticed by others so that it can be corrected. In important documents and sign boards or any other legal papers, when I see mistake I inform the sender or the author so that it can be corrected. I do not tolerate such misspelled words or mistakes because it is like you yourself are allowing rooms for errors. If it was accidentally written or printed that you have to find out if it was just an accident or intended. Words are seen by a lot of people and can go around the world so it is best that they are correct and spelled write. I do not care that much on grammars because I myself is not so good at it and we all have different ways of expressing things but with spelling, I think it should always be correct.
@ankitshr (228)
• India
25 Mar 09
Well not quite like something like feeling compelled, but yea sometimes it becomes so irritating you just cant resist yourself. And that can be considered to the compelled thingy. Then what matters is how you do that, I try to take care that my doing so wont hurt the person, but that too sometimes is far out of our reach, and it depends on the person to which we are dealing with also.
@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
25 Mar 09
Hi movicont... I don't point out those things because I simply excuse them as typing errors. Since I make typing errors all the time I assume everyone else does too.. or at least I hope I'm not the only one...
• United States
25 Mar 09
I don't point it out but it makes me cringe!! I tend to not capitalize because it is just a lazy thing...I don't usually on mylot and when emailing friends. As far as spelling goes, I like words and I like to use them correctly. I stink at math but english was always a favorite subject in school. I am just so surprised at how many people misuse words like there,they're and stuff like that. I understand, especially here, if you are only learning the language that you are going to mess up. I am apalled that on writing sites, so many English-speaking people can't use the language correctly but they think they are writers?? Too many thoughts! lol!!! You got me fired up.
@tipay26 (873)
• Philippines
25 Mar 09
Honestly speaking, it depends on how you point it out to them..Let's accept it there are times that you would like to do that especially if the mistake is obvious but it can be corrected in a graceful manner..I think if you are in a language enhancement training and that you are the mentor , I guess it's just proper to correct your trainee for that matter and also,like in this site, were you will be faced with different personalities with different nationalities my advice is that just be very careful and considerate in correcting their grammars and spelling why?because sites like these are open to every body from different nations and walks of life and we may never know what brought them to actually commit those mistakes and that sometimes it is just normal to them or to their country.they may use words that may seem taboo to you, but to them it's actually nothing just like any other conversations from a friend to a friend..=)
• India
25 Mar 09
Hi lotter yeah ,i do so ,and iam abused many times because of this but i dont know why i cant hear any one saying anything in wrong english ,even i am not that good at english but still i feel compelled to ponit out others mistake.
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
25 Mar 09
I read, reread and understand the whole sentence structure even with grammatical error I will just let it pass as I feel it is rude to point it out to the poster. We don't know the character of the writer so it best to let it as it is. A little mistake is acceptable here as we are in no english writing competition.