Social media an invention much appreciated has its own drawbacks. As much as the Correcting People’s Grammar Is Pretentious is encouraged, voicing opinions on matters not one’s concern or beyond one’s domain of knowledge is not. However, internet has enabled us all to not only form, but also publicly share our views.
This rapid increase in influx of ideas has, in a way, resulted in chaos. Whenever a news or point of controversy comes up, you see your keyboard warriors all set with their weapons i.e. trash talk and a keyboard.
Keyboard warriors are just one category of many categories of people you find behind those screens. There is a whole spectrum. One such category –also the center of our attention today we call grammar Nazis. These grammar snobs have a self appointed duty to refute any grammatical mistake anyone makes online. They believe in the three Rs: Refute Refuse and Resume.
Refutation or disapproval/ proving someone wrong is grammar police’s job. However, some people call that ‘correcting someone’ except it is nothing like correcting someone. We will discuss how in a few moments. Refusal is the attitude grammar Nazis opt for when informed that they are not being helpful. This is found to be in a state of utter denial. Rather, they are seen claiming to be at people’s service when people (who will tell you they are being trolled) make a mistake. Resume is what grammar Nazis do when they feel the storm has subsided and they can get back to their work. Clever, no?
Grammar Nazi’s entire claim of correcting people lies on one simple thing: we are trying to help. To look into this, let’s break out for our dear friends what categorizes as help and what does not.
What categorizes as help:
- Humbleness while offering help
- Mutual agreement of the two parties involved in carrying out the process
- No trolling
- No shaming in public. Help is what you offer privately.
What does not categorize as help:
- Using words like ‘dumbass’ and ‘idiot’ while correcting
- When the person you are trying to correct is not interested in correction
- Pinpointing and shaming in public.
Now if you take out a moment to look even with eyes close at as what category does grammar Nazi’s so- called ‘correction’ falls in, you will immediately know. But unfortunately, grammar police still does not.
Dear grammar snobs, what you need to realize is that often times people do know things; they are just typos. And those people know it. It is like somebody wore his wife’s socks to work one day, and the people just can’t get over with mentioning it over and over again! Secondly, if the people did need help in improving their grammar, they have got better platforms to do it. The world is full of resources; they will find their way around.
So, all you warriors out there, calm down! Alright?