Thursday, April 26, 2018

Why You Shouldn't be a Grammar Bully

Do you have the urge to correct someone else's typo?  Do you thrive on correcting other peoples grammar or punctuation?

If that sounds like you, you're a "grammar bully".  On the other hand if you send someone an email quietly pointing out their mistake, and its out of public view.  You can relax.  You're just human.

Shaming a writer in public is different to sending a message via email politely.  I read a lot of blogs/articles with spelling errors, but don't feel the need to leave a comment about the writers' mistake.

If you've ever written a blog or article and have been really proud of what you've created, you'll know the crushing feeling of someone pointing out a spelling mistake or grammatical error.

Unfortunately these days it's fashionable to pick out peoples mistakes and make them public.  People wear titles such as "grammar Nazi" and "grammar bully" with pride.

It doesn't matter how perfect your punctuation is, a bad blog will always be a bad blog.  If a grammar bully finds a mistake they won't waste their time reading the rest of your blog.

But they will be quick to point out a minor error and leave an unpleasant comment.  Sounds really dumb, if you ask me.

Using spell check or Grammarly is never a guarantee that with will pick up every mistake.


If grammar and spelling mistakes upset you that much and make you angry, then stop using the internet.  Go for a walk instead.

Is a Blog Post Bad if it Has a Couple of Error's?

You could have a short, engaging blog with a few error's, or a long, laborious blog post with no error's that would send your reader's to sleep within the first minute.

When you have a really good idea for an article your instinct is to start scribbling down your ideas and write it out. Even great writer's make mistakes here are some examples:

Great Writer's
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald: Bad spelling.
  • Jane Austen: Bad spelling and grammar.
  • Albert Einstein: Bad spelling and grammar.
  • Winston Churchill: Bad spelling and grammar.
  • Leonardo da Vinci: Bad spelling and grammar
It's also worth pointing out that people with English degrees make an error every now and again. I'm feeling better already knowing that I'm in such good company.

You know what they say about people who live in glass houses.

Read the 4 reason's below why grammar police should surrender:

1. Grammar Police always make bad writers

If your grammar has to be perfect all of the time (something that will never happen). You'll never get your writing out to the rest of the world for fear of imperfection.

If a writer is always fruitful, more often than not, they will make mistakes. They're not hung up on perfection but rather getting the job done.

Find someone who is overexcited about grammar and chances are their writing will be boring, business like and probably stilted.

A good writer knows when to break the rules. Breaking a few grammar rules makes an article more reader friendly, adds emphasis and starts a conversation

2. Grammar Police = Bad Attitude

The phrase "grammar police" refers to those individuals who chide others for their grammatical error's. These people will tell you your writing won't be taken seriously with typo's.

With the constant need for perfection always on your mind, things may become difficult when you're networking with other writer's and trying to get published.

3. Grammar Police - The time wasters

All the time spent meticulously going over other people's work could be spent, say, writing. Time wasted sending messages to other people about their minor error's and spelling mistakes could be spent constructively on:
  • Creating and writing a blog
  • Writing an eBook
  • Reading about the craft of writing
  • Going over and editing your own work

One thing's for sure, you'll never catch Stephen King sending off an email to another writer and criticising him/her for a typing error. Why? He's too busy writing bestsellers.

4. Grammar Police are far from perfect

If you're keen to point out someone else's typo's, be sure to go through your own work with a fine tooth comb and make sure it's absolutely perfect. You can be sure that every person you've pointed mistakes out to will be "all over your writing like a rash".

So the next time you spot an error, stand back, take a breath. Choose to keep reading or don't.