Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Grammar Fail. Tube fail. Link?

I can barely contain my anger at the RMT, and, more importantly, Bob Crow. Mention either of them around me for the next few days and be prepared for a long diatribe. Imagine how my rage nearly boiled over when reading the below:

"dan i bet you look great in your brown shirt, these people are only acting on there legal right when faced with huge job loses, which also effect family's as well, i have a crazy idea, how about keeping people in there jobs, so they can pay taxies to the country, its an idea maggie never had"

david, San Diego, U S A

Originally posted here.

Where do people learn that kind of grammar? I know I make mistakes (often kindly pointed out to me), but this is crazy. Rightly, or, more likely, wrongly, I find it almost impossible to respect this persons opinion, solely on the basis of this. Let's take a look.....

"Dan I bet you look great in your brown shirt, these people are only acting on their legal right when faced with huge job losses, which also effect families as well. I have a crazy idea, how about keeping people in their jobs, so they can pay taxes to the country? It's an idea Maggie never had."

David, San Diego, U S A

It's still not perfect - but it's better. Am I wrong? Can you take this man seriously? Maybe I'm just semi-consciously linking this guy's lack of grammatical ability with my disgust at the tube strike? Let me know...

4 comments:

David said...

There should be a full stop after "brown shirt" and it should say 'affects families', not "effects". It might seem pedantic to some people but I find poor grammar extremely irritating and distracting and it definitely makes people appear stupid. My pet peeve is when (otherwise intelligent and well-educated) people can't tell the difference between your and you're. My girlfriend does it all the pissing time.

Anyway, this should cheer you up:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHn-g7T9f9A

Mike said...

Having "also" and "as well" in the same sentence is superfluous.

Edward Baker said...

As I said, it wasn't perfect even with my corrections. I'm sure some people would change it beyond both of your modifications. As long as something is easy to read and clear in meaning I'm not too fussed. However, that 'paragraph' was painful to read, and made no sense.

Mark Pennington said...

Top 40 Grammar Pet Peeves
If you are grammatically challenged, or let’s face it, a grammatical snob who will catch the grammatical error in the title of this blog, you owe it to yourself to check out these grammatical pet peeves and tips at Top 40 Grammar Pet Peeves

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