Correcting the Spelling and Grammar of Others

Check out this tweet from about a year ago…

I barely graduated high school in NORTH TEXAS where the academic focus in public schools is near-pathetic. I earn significantly less than a lot of my peers. My expectations for other native English speakers are hardly class-based.

(There/their/they’re and to/too/two? Not to mention lose versus loose and YA’LL. Come on.)

Regarding the accusation that correcting the spelling or grammar of others because of race: wow… just wow. I think this claim says a lot more about the Twitter poster than it does about me. I have never seen someone correct another based on race. Accidentally implying that we should expect members of some races to have poor language skills is borderline racist itself. Also, I’m not sure she understands the definition of the term “race”.  

The third adjective she used is “ableist”. I agree that it would be cruel to call someone out if it is suspected that they have a disability that could affect their language skills, but I don’t do that.

Finally, regarding her remark about “actual linguists” … give me a break. No one is trying to be a linguist. I simply like knowing rules and occasionally pick fun at those who CAN and SHOULD know better but have no interest in trying. Feel free to pick apart my spelling and grammar. I’m sure I have made mistakes here that I don’t recognize but should. I admit that all of this could make me a picky jerk, though.

9 Things That Will Shock the Fuck Out of You About Heaven

  1. Everyone has either a Freddy Kreuger glove or Wolverine claws – and their assignment is totally random.
  2. No one remembers their middle name from their life on Earth.
  3. Only Pepsi products are available as beverages.
  4. Under no circumstances will you be an Angel – Unless you arm wrestle one of the original angels and win best 3 out of 5.
  5. There are 72 genders in heaven and you have to fornicate with each of the 71 that you are not – weekly.
  6. EVERYTHING smells like Play-Doh – especially urine.
  7. You are allowed to willfully confuse humans by making them hallucinate.
  8. Dude ranches are frowned upon.
  9. Everyone has the ability to make a perfect pie crust from scratch.
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