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He's just pissed off that you could improve on his work that he thought was perfect.
That's exactly right. People assume that just because they have experience with the talking, it translated into writing. Thus, they take criticism of their writing as a personal attack on their perception of themselves as competent communicators. TL;DR Oh that hubris
The English language is so difficult and confusing as it is. I'm in college and I could go to the tutoring lab many times, have several different people look over my paper, and I would still get a low grade. How do I know? Because it has happened before. I hate English class. Math and science is where it's at.
dashizam, "Too" means "additionally" or "as well." Try using either of those every time you want to use one of those two words. For example: "I'd like to go too." = "I'd like to go as well." Both work, so "too" is correct. "I'm going as well the store" sounds really strange and is clearly wrong. In that sentence, "to" is correct.
Call him out on his terrible paper and make sure he's made aware of what an unappreciative prick he is for reacting like he did when you just tried to help. However I hope you didn't delete the original paper he made, you should have made a new save file assuming this was digitally.
Oh boy. As a professional writer/editor myself, I can attest that this happens all the time. Directors, Managers, CEOs, Interns...somehow managed to forget their English classes. It is indeed frustrating to see them take their inadequacy out on you. And it will never ever stop. >.
It's especially annoying when they ask you to be brutally honest...then get pissy when you edit/correct their work anyway. I used to write and edit people's resumés during university to earn a bit of extra money, and people would get SO MAD when I'd tell them their resumé needed more information or that it needed a complete overhaul. Sometimes I felt like yelling, "DON'T GET PISSY AT ME! WHY DID YOU PAY ME TO EDIT IT IF YOU THOUGHT IT WAS PERFECT TO BEGIN WITH!!" I was only trying to be helpful. :( It's like people think their work is perfect, that when they say, "be brutally honest," they really mean, "be brutally honest to everyone but me."
I recently received a press release written by a senior member of our staff. My mentor explained that I have to be "sensitive" when editing it. When I read it, I couldn't believe my eyes - it was so poorly punctuated and randomly capitalized that one could barely get through it! I did my best, but my mentor rewrote it anyway...
"Professional" only means that it's my profession; I get paid to produce and edit writing. Doesn't mean I'm so far up the food chain, that I don't have anything else to learn, or anywhere else to climb. Also, you meant "contradiction," not "oxymoron." It's good that you are watching out, and trying to call people on their BS though, keep it up :)