My question this week is, how important is good grammar on social media posts and should people call others out on it?
At one time I think I would have done but these days I don’t and actively feel annoyed when others do.
The people behind the scenes are people.
They could be dyslexic, they could be in a hurry, they could be upset, they could have missed an autocorrect (it’s happened to me before).
Once, whilst I was working for a local farm park attraction, I created a post about sandwiches or something and accidentally wrote ham instead of jam (or at least autocorrect corrected it for no chuffing reason).
So what happened?
And this was much to the amusement of the page followers (and a colleague) who called the error out, which then made me feel upset. I mean, I put a lot of effort into the work I did and it felt a bit unfair.
Toxic debates with the grammar police
I also see a lot of the ‘grammar police’ on patrol when engaging in debates on social media.
Someone might write ‘there’ instead of ‘they’re’ and the person they are debating (read arguing) with will highlight this in an attempt to undermine them. It’s pretty toxic and not really adding any value to the debate IMHO.
For social media posting my lesson learned is to double check what I am posting. I tend to create the copy separately, usually using a Google Sheet and for the most part any typos will be underlined in red.
Or you can use an app like Grammarly.
Ultimately, I think, as long as it doesn’t give the reader a headache to read, the odd minor slip up will happen and isn’t the end of the world.
What do you think? Is life a bit too short for it?
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