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Heyho111 Sun 02-Nov-14 07:49:38

To hate it when people point out spelling mistakes and typos.

People ask for advice when they are worried, unsure etc and the first line of the first reply is about a spelling mistake. How is that helpful or supportive.

Typing on a phone screen , as I'm doing, is guaranteed to cause mistakes. Also the person may be dyslexic or out of practice.

Let people ask for advice free from criticism.

Rant over. I'm sure this post will now be scrutinised for errors.

WienerDiva Sun 02-Nov-14 07:57:06

I couldn't agree more. More often than not it's a typo and not just bad spelling. I think it's rather vile actually.

MrsMaker83 Sun 02-Nov-14 08:00:52

Hahaha yanbu!

Shows that these people are just miserable and have nothing valuble to do with their time. Sad bastards grin

Andrewofgg Sun 02-Nov-14 08:02:43

Agree except that occasionally an error is so funny that it can't be missed - earlier this year a poster announced that her DS was pg and I can't blame whoever picked that up!

WanderingTrolley1 Sun 02-Nov-14 08:04:07


It's pathetic.

insancerre Sun 02-Nov-14 08:06:01

It is unnecessary
Yabu to post another thread on this subject. We seem to have one a month

SnapeChat Sun 02-Nov-14 08:07:25

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NoelleHawthorne Sun 02-Nov-14 08:08:17

No. Do do do point out errors.

toriap2 Sun 02-Nov-14 08:08:48

I think that as long as the meaning is clear, it's not nice to pick up on people's errors. It can be difficult to remember grammar and spelling when you're upset about something, and most devices use autocorrect which can bring out some interesting changes. So YANBU.

Caboodle Sun 02-Nov-14 08:14:44

Ha will be some really heart-rending post and someone will think the only thing that matters is spelling / grammar. Extremely rude and unfeeling.
But...good grammar and spelling does help us understand meaning, some posts are almost impossible to follow. I also think that a little time checking posts before posting shows good manners.

riverboat1 Sun 02-Nov-14 08:35:26


My pet peeve is when a poster is obviously not a native English speaker and people make sly little digs about their choice of words or poor grammar.

AuntieStella Sun 02-Nov-14 08:38:44

There have been A LOT of threads about this.

Posters who are twats will probably be twats regardless, whether it's grammar or something else.

The use of certain acronyms, and eschewing of tweeness like 'hubs' and txt spk generally isn't quite the same, as they are just the norms of the site. If you don't want a thread to be derailed, don't use red rag language.

But most posters aren't twats, and don't comment even when posts are littered with shibboleths and/or hard to read for some other reason.

AlpacaYourThings Sun 02-Nov-14 08:41:44


pictish Sun 02-Nov-14 08:43:05

I agree with you OP. I think making a point of someone's spelling or grammar is really rude.*

*unless that person is being a total arse and having a go - then it's ok

GuybrushThreepwoodMP Sun 02-Nov-14 08:51:15

But some errors are just incredibly annoying.

DadDadDad Sun 02-Nov-14 08:55:55

Does this really happen as much as you say? For serious threads, e.g. on Relationships, where people are pouring out very personal issues but are not using paragraphs and auto correct has made weird substitutions, I don't recall posters tearing apart the writing. They're normally sensitively dealing with the issue.

DadDadDad Sun 02-Nov-14 08:58:09

The Pedants' Corner board is intended partly for those who want to vent about people who say "should of" and the like.

AllThatGlistens Sun 02-Nov-14 09:03:26

Nope, I've seen it on Relationships quite a few times over the years, people posting in distress and being pulled on their use of paragraphs.

Unfortunately, it does happen.

OhReallyDear Sun 02-Nov-14 09:09:59


Except when people write "should of" instead of "should have". It drives me crazy and should always pointed out grin

SaucyJackOLantern Sun 02-Nov-14 09:12:09

YANBU...... mostly.

Unless it's "Good manors cost nothing"- have never been able to resist that one.

DistractedAgain Sun 02-Nov-14 09:14:11

I wish there was an automatic hide feature for this type of post. All the more annoying I find, is when someone points out there is an error and I can't find it or they don't put the correct spelling in to at least give the dunce like me something to learn from!

sonicscrewdriver Sun 02-Nov-14 09:53:33

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

CrashDiveOnMingoCity Sun 02-Nov-14 10:00:48

YANBU. I've commented on previous threads like this one that I bet the SPaG pickers are great fun at parties. grin The retort was that they don't do this in social situations, although I would argue that this is social media. Anyway, I have a ex-friend who moved far away and we spent most days chatting online. She became quite sanctimonious when she went to university and began to pick apart my SPaG. Note the 'ex' part in friend!

MrsAtticus Sun 02-Nov-14 10:07:15

YANBU. This is not an academic forum, so why assume everyone has had a level of education which allows them to express themselves in writing without spelling/grammar errors?

ApocalypseThen Sun 02-Nov-14 10:17:16

I think it's part of the battle to keep this place adult and stop any slide into teeny txt talk or nethunny style incomprehensibility. One of the attractions of mumsnet (for a lot of people) is that it is adult to adult.

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