It’s Ok To Point Out Grammar Errors Just Be Nice About It!

It’s Ok To Point Out  Grammar Errors Just Be Nice About It!

By Steve Gamel
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People who correct other people’s grammar get a bad rap. I say that because while there are plenty who have good intentions, others do so with a holier than thou attitude.

As a professional writer and editor, I understand the need to correct such mistakes. But I do think there is a difference between the person who points out errors to be snarky and the person who is simply trying to be helpful and perhaps save you from future embarrassment.

I believe there is a place in this world for the latter.

Correcting grammar and misspellings the right way starts by having the right motivation. For example: there’s this one sandwich shop that I go to all the time for lunch. They have a chalkboard-style menu above the front counter. It’s a unique handwritten concept. I love it. But it’s always filled with misspellings.

I’ve never said anything because I didn’t want to come across as rude. But I finally brought it to the attention of the young man at the register. As it turns out, he knew all about it and was frustrated by it, too. Rather than embarrass his boss, he was secretly going up there and correcting it little by little.

You could tell because the handwriting was different in certain spots.

So what’s the moral of the story? When you feel the itch to point out a grammar faux pas, make sure it’s something worth starting a conversation over. And when you do, approach being a grammar nerd with courtesy and respect.

Remember, it’s not like you haven’t made a mistake before, too. So be nice about it.


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