Saturday, April 09, 2016

G for Grammar Nazi

I am a bit of a grammar snob. Rather, I am a self confessed Grammar Nazi. And I am not proud of it. 

There was this period not very long ago when I was relentless in my pursuit, correcting the English of all and sundry. It gave me pleasure, a sense of service to mankind, that I was imparting much required knowledge to the world. 

But, with time, I have come to realise how much of a double edged sword that is. I am afraid of speaking or writing anything lest it is wrong. And, I have this set of well meaning people around me (including the husband) who are ready to pounce on my slightest slip to put me in place. 

Also, I recently read some random study in the Internet that said Grammar Nazis are all psychopaths. It is another matter that I have also read "proven studies" on how important it is not to make one's bed in the morning (surely commissioned by the leader of procrastination) and how apple cider vinegar is the magic potion to lose those Kgs overnight (VLCC would have filed for bankruptcy by now if that were the case). Anyway, this psychopath thing has been bothering me. I am getting nightmares of me dressed in black ninja attire going around and meting out punishments to the Grammar slackers of the world. Though that does sound remotely like batman, I think I should focus this behaviour on nobler things, like correcting spellings or pronunciations, or perhaps, forgetting the language!

P. S. This post is the seventh in the A-Z blogging challenge series for April. 


Stephanie Faris said...

Psychopaths? I don't think so! I try to bite my tongue when I want to correct people's grammar, but I write all day for a it's tough to not correct them in my head! I just consider it a hazard of the profession.

Kavity said...

I can imagine how difficult it must be for you, Stephanie. But, there is quite a bit of angst against people of our ilk, and arguments border on "Language exists only for communication and so long as the other person understands you, mistakes should be ignored".