I recently confessed that, in the past, I sometimes have morphed into a Grammar Nazi. I’ve commented on grammar and spelling errors I’ve found when reading comments and status updates on my Facebook newsfeed. It’s instinctive. I’m an editor.
However, I also think that most people who make mistakes when posting online actually do have good grammar and spelling skills. Most likely, they make mistakes because they are posting comments or status updates on their office computers (during breaks), cell phones (when stopped at a red light), or tablets (during lunch at the Coyote Café), and they are posting in a hurry with no time to proofread.
I’ve learned the hard way that people generally don’t appreciate my calling attention to their temporary lapses in using correct grammar and spelling. Those individuals often accuse me of being persnickety and judgmental. And their responses in retaliation to my comments occasionally have been more than a tad nasty.
Hey, I only was trying to help.
However, in an effort to avoid the flame throwers, I will attempt to cease and desist.
I solemnly swear on a stack of dictionaries that, from now on, I will try my best to not (oops, split another infinitive) point out grammar and spelling errors on an individual’s Facebook newsfeed. But (yes, there is a but) there will be exceptions.
From now on, I will hold my “cyber tongue,” so to speak, and not mention any errors I find, unless an error could be embarrassing to the poster. For example, if I spot an update or comment where the l has been omitted from the word public, I might mention it.
Then again, maybe not.