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#1 User is offline   MTP Reggie 

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Posted 11 May 2019 - 06:58 PM

People Who Constantly Point Out Grammar Mistakes Are Pretty Much Jerks, Scientists Find
FIONA MACDONALD
12 DEC 2017
Science Alert

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Scientists have found that people who constantly get bothered by grammatical errors online have "less agreeable" personalities than those who just let them slide.

And those friends who are super-sensitive to typos on your Facebook page? Psychological testing reveals they're generally less open, and are also more likely to be judging you for your mistakes than everyone else.

In other words, they're exactly who you thought they were.

That sounds pretty obvious, but this paper, which was published in PLOS One in 2016, was actually the first time researchers were able to show that a person's personality traits can actually determine how they respond to typos and grammatical errors, and it could teach us a lot about how people communicate (or miscommunicate) online.

"This is the first study to show that the personality traits of listeners/readers have an effect on the interpretation of language," said lead researcher Julie Boland from the University of Michigan back in 2016.

"In this experiment, we examined the social judgments that readers made about the writers."

The researchers took 83 participants and asked them all to read email responses to an ad for a housemate, which either contained no errors or had been altered to include typos (e.g. "teh" instead of "the") or grammatical mix-ups, such as too/to or it's/its.

Those 83 people then judged the person who'd written the email based on their perceived intelligence, friendliness, and other attributes, such as how good they'd be as housemates.

They were also asked at the end of the experiment whether or not they'd spotted any grammatical errors or typos in the emails, and, if so, how much it had bothered them.

The researchers then asked the participants to complete a Big Five personality assessment - which rates where they are on a scale of openness, agreeableness, extraversion/introversion, neuroticism, and conscientiousness - as well as answer questions about their age, background, and attitude towards language.

Overall, everybody rated the fictional housemate applicants with typos and grammatical errors in their emails as worse than those with perfect spelling and grammar. But there were definitely certain personality types that judged the typo-riddled applicants more harshly.

For example, extraverts were generally much more likely to overlook both grammar mix ups and typos, whereas introverts were more likely to judge the applicants negatively because of them.

And people who tested as being more conscientious but less open were more sensitive to typos, while those with less agreeable personalities got more upset by grammatical errors.

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Posted 11 May 2019 - 07:33 PM

I take it "extravert" was deliberate and I'll be judged an @$$hole for noticing it...

(And yes, LOL, I also noticed the "Hear"...)

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Posted 11 May 2019 - 08:13 PM

I only mention it when the person who constantly corrects others makes a mistake doing it. Then I gleefully jump them.
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Posted 11 May 2019 - 08:34 PM

View Postsearcher, on 11 May 2019 - 08:13 PM, said:

I only mention it when the person who constantly corrects others makes a mistake doing it. Then I gleefully jump them.

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Posted 11 May 2019 - 08:42 PM

Accuracy matters. Write a computer program with a "grammatical error" and watch what happens. Make a typo on a medical chart and watch what happens. Include some grammar and spelling errors on your job application and watch what happens. Imagine our Constitution with grammar errors. It would allow even more unintended interpretations.

When I see people make errors in their personal life I assume they make errors in their professional life as well. I may not mention it to them, but I note it for future reference.
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Posted 11 May 2019 - 09:02 PM

Dude, whats up with U so titeass about grammer, speling and usage? I mean, like, WTF? U some kind a fashist or something? I sent you a TM about how Lincoln fried the slaves and you act like I the goddam Tree Stooges'n'<censored>.
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Posted 11 May 2019 - 09:04 PM

View PostMartin, on 11 May 2019 - 09:02 PM, said:

Dude, whats up with U so titeass about grammer, speling and usage? I mean, like, WTF? U some kind a fashist or something? I sent you a TM about how Lincoln fried the slaves and you act like I the goddam Tree Stooges'n'<censored>.


Don't blame your lack of employment on racism... :lol:
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Posted 11 May 2019 - 09:09 PM

View PostMartin, on 11 May 2019 - 09:02 PM, said:

Dude, whats up with U so titeass about grammer, speling and usage? I mean, like, WTF? U some kind a fashist or something? I sent you a TM about how Lincoln fried the slaves and you act like I the goddam Tree Stooges'n'<censored>.




I do like to bucher words too. Drives some folks I know nuts..
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Posted 11 May 2019 - 09:47 PM

IOW, It's not my fault that I fail at grammar, spelling and written communication in general.

It's your fault, jerk!
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Posted 11 May 2019 - 10:24 PM

View Postsearcher, on 11 May 2019 - 09:09 PM, said:

I do like to bucher words too. Drives some folks I know nuts..



Literally.
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Posted 11 May 2019 - 10:46 PM

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Posted 11 May 2019 - 11:15 PM

View PostSARGE, on 11 May 2019 - 10:24 PM, said:

Literally.


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Posted 12 May 2019 - 05:51 AM

Make a mathematical error and someones dies.
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Posted 12 May 2019 - 07:39 AM

View PostBad_Apple, on 12 May 2019 - 05:51 AM, said:

Make a mathematical error and someones dies.


The consequences of bad usage are usually more comical than serious. J. Edgar Hoover once got a memo on which he thought the margins were too narrow. He wrote on it, "Watch the borders." Confused FBI agents spent a week searching the Canadian and Mexican borders with no idea what they were supposed to be looking for.



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Posted 12 May 2019 - 08:31 AM

View PostMontyPython, on 11 May 2019 - 07:33 PM, said:

I take it "extravert" was deliberate and I'll be judged an @$hole for noticing it...

(And yes, LOL, I also noticed the "Hear"...)

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:lol3:


That was just for you...
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Posted 12 May 2019 - 08:32 AM

View PostMartin, on 12 May 2019 - 07:39 AM, said:

The consequences of bad usage are usually more comical than serious. J. Edgar Hoover once got a memo on which he thought the margins were too narrow. He wrote on it, "Watch the borders." Confused FBI agents spent a week searching the Canadian and Mexican borders with no idea what they were supposed to be looking for.


Don't end sentences in prepositions.
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Posted 12 May 2019 - 08:35 AM

View PostMTP Reggie, on 12 May 2019 - 08:32 AM, said:

Don't end sentences in prepositions.

OK.

...with no idea of what they were supposed to be looking for, @$$hole.

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Posted 12 May 2019 - 08:36 AM

View PostMTP Reggie, on 12 May 2019 - 08:31 AM, said:

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That was just for you...


LOL. That's what I figured.

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Posted 12 May 2019 - 08:38 AM

View PostJerryL, on 12 May 2019 - 08:35 AM, said:

OK.

...with no idea of what they were supposed to be looking for, @$$hole.

;)


You used to watch "Designing Women" too, didn't you? That was a great line (Yeah I know, she said "b*tch", not "@$$hole", but it was basically the same line.)

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Posted 12 May 2019 - 08:52 AM

View PostMTP Reggie, on 12 May 2019 - 08:32 AM, said:

Don't end sentences in prepositions.


"This is the sort of arrant pedantry up with which I will not put." Winston Churchill, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.



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