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AIBU to think it is rude to correct people's grammar on MN

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heathermumof3 Fri 05-Aug-11 15:31:18

Ok I am getting little upset and peed off that some people on here find great fun in correcting people grammar. Personally I have dyslexia (if that's spelt correct) and esp when I am tired mt grammar and spelling lacks the attention. I find it if you can read it and understand it what's the problem. Is there any need to be so petty.
Sorry if there is any grammar mistakes above in advance.

knittedbreast Fri 05-Aug-11 15:33:05

of course its rude and very petty.

some corrected me once, i just said i know thats how you say it, but i prefer my way.

cats bum dosnt come close

LineRunner Fri 05-Aug-11 15:34:07

Sometimes it's petty, yes.

Sometimes though I have found it almost impossible to understand the sense of a post because of the way it's been written.

AgentZigzag Fri 05-Aug-11 15:37:09

Tell them to piss off to pedants corner <<shudder>>

I love a pedants post when they make loads of grammar/spelling mistakes grin

'Tis the interweb law apparently.

HengshanRoad Fri 05-Aug-11 15:39:38

It's not rude. The whole point of a forum is good communication, and if people make errors that compromise comprehension, they should be told. They'll learn something in the process.

MadamDeathstare Fri 05-Aug-11 15:44:53

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knittedbreast Fri 05-Aug-11 15:45:27

some people just dont care about comprehension... and shouldnt be made to feel wrong somehow for not.
Communication isnt grammar and spelling at all, maybe those who are so anti it could "learn" how to communicate on line outside of prehistoric english!!!
im 25, and none of my friends use proper english except for at work etc and even there MDs and CEOs dont use it properly

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe Fri 05-Aug-11 15:46:15

It is rude. HenghanRoard. I disagree with you. This is not an educational establishment, it's a chatboard. Perhaps you should learn a little internet etiquette? If I see somebody's post being critiqued for spelling/grammar, I'll call the poster doing it. If somebody doesn't ask you for a lesson, who on earth are you to decide they need to learn something?

.... and when that same poster makes their response with a spelling or grammatical error in it, I will laugh like a drain and point at them. grin

MadamDeathstare Fri 05-Aug-11 15:46:34

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TiggyD Fri 05-Aug-11 15:47:12

I agree with HengshanRoad. If I can't understand what is being said I would probably say so. Dyslexia is a perfectly valid reason for poor grammar or spelling. I think the only people who are fair game are those who complain about other peoples spelling/grammar.

LoveBeingAtHomeOnMyOwn Fri 05-Aug-11 15:47:17

What I really hate is when someone replies saying I couldn't even read your post with all the spelling and grammer errors as well as not enough paragraphs so I can't tell you if you are being unreeasonable.


AgentZigzag Fri 05-Aug-11 15:48:06

And who are you to tell other posters how and what to post Hengshan?

I'm not at school any more, thank fuck, and this is just a forum.

MadamDeathstare Fri 05-Aug-11 15:50:31

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usualsuspect Fri 05-Aug-11 15:50:59

Yes its rude and gets on my tits

I use Mn for entertainment

Butterbur Fri 05-Aug-11 15:51:07

I'm surprised at the number of posters who seem to have reached adulthood without a grasp of basic spelling, and the rules of punctuation.

They can't all be dyslexic.

Spelling and punctuation do matter, for clarity of expression.

valiumredhead Fri 05-Aug-11 15:52:11

This is not an educational establishment, it's a chatboard

I'm not at school any more, thank fuck, and this is just a forum

Very true!

usualsuspect Fri 05-Aug-11 15:53:07

I rarely punctuate properly on MN .I'm a crap typist for a start

I post a quick reply ,much like when I'm having a conversation

porcamiseria Fri 05-Aug-11 15:53:18


I think people that correct others grammer are CUNTS

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe Fri 05-Aug-11 15:53:57

TiggyD... Well perhaps it is your comprehension that needs work? I've yet to attempt to read a post that I couldn't fathom; it make take two goes but I generally get the gist. I can't imagine that anybody could be so ill-mannered as to make a pointless comment about spelling/grammar when you have no idea of the person behind the screen... and it's none of your business anyway.

Agree with MadamDeathstare... the posters who do nothing but pick holes in the composition of a post add nothing whatsoever of value.

exoticfruits Fri 05-Aug-11 15:54:20

Exactly MadamDeathstare-what purpose does it serve?
My typing isn't very fast, I think much quicker-don't use much punctuation and rely on a few dashes- here and there. I read after I have posted-sometimes I correct the mistakes and sometimes I don't bother.
If I was writing for a different purpose I would take more care.

GetOrfMoiSamsungFridgeFreezer Fri 05-Aug-11 15:54:48

If I like the poster I would ignore any mistakes.

If they are a sanctimonious twat I will pick their post to pieces.

If the whole thing is written in text speak with no paragraphs I just don't bother reading or responding - can't be arsed.

AMumInScotland Fri 05-Aug-11 15:56:59

Thing is, many adults have never really been taught anything about spelling or grammar - my brother for example, went through school at a time when teachers were pushing "self-expression" and weren't supposed to correct the inaccuracies for fear of "stifling their creativity".

He's put the effort in as an adult and is now able to write for work etc in a way which isn't letting him down. but it has taken effort.

As long as people are understandable, I don't think its fair to pull them up on mistakes. But I think its fair to comment that they could maybe check through long posts first, and put some spacing in, if its a real struggle to get any meaning out of what they say. But not when they are obviously upset about stuff- we're none of us that coherent while sobbing or spitting feathers!

BuxomWenchOnAPony Fri 05-Aug-11 15:57:55

I wonder if those who do pick up on others grammar/spelling errors correct do so in conversation in real life if people's grammar/pronunciation is a bit off?

Person: that's the dress what I was wearing last night.
Pedant: the dress you were wearing, twat. I can't be bothered listening to you any further, now fuck off.
Person: weirdo.

TheMagnificentBathykolpian Fri 05-Aug-11 15:58:00

Yes. It's petty.

It's VILE when someone posts with a problem, upset or for support and someone, instead of saying anything to help, advise or even just comment on the poor person's actual problem, instead chooses to correct grammar, spelling or tell them that they aren't going to bother reading it because it's not in paragraphs.

Besom Fri 05-Aug-11 15:58:00

Yes of course it's rude. Just as it would be in real life.

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