By Anonymous - 19/09/2010 22:04 - United States
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MissErika, as long as there are people who are making mistakes, there are going to be people correcting them. Ignorance, Pendatik, FFML_314 and all the other grammar Nazis aren't going to stop for you or anybody else who is "annoyed" by their comments. You can say that people don't improve from people correcting other's grammar and/or spelling on FML, but they do. Believe it or not, my friend, Laura, learned the difference between your/you're on FML.
So many people are overlooking a key point in this Grammar Nazi thing. The argument started due to mistakes in the FML, not a comment. Obviously the corrections did in fact make a difference, because Vanni fixed it soon thereafter. Using proper grammar is important in two places on this site: in the FMLs, and in any comment in which the user wants or expects to be taken seriously. In the former, I know grammar is important to the site staff. Since not all of them are native English speakers (and all of them are human and make mistakes), they appreciate us pointing out typos that affect the meaning and professional appearance of the FML. You don't get book deals by typeing lyk dis. The latter case is self-explanatory. ITRW, people judge you on how well you present yourself. Here, that often means whether you type in an intelligible way. And if you DGAF about your grammar, or don't care whether you're taken seriously, why GAF and get all butthurt when someone corrects you? Ignore it and move the hell on.
As I was reading this thread, my eye began to twitch. I can't /stand/ people that say grammar is not important, because it is. Whether you choose to accept it or not is your own choice. I do know that people do use what we say and they try their best to correct it. As much as they put up a fight at first, more times than not, I won't see them make the same mistake again, because people don't like being called out on a mistake. It's human nature. I would rather see someone genuinely not know how to spell a word, rather than ignorantly misspell a word out of sheer laziness. How hard is it to type of the word, "you" I mean honestly? I don't intend for people to take what I say too heart. It's not meant to be a personal attack on anyone, but when you blatantly disregard your own intelligence, it's insulting to yourself. Why portray yourself as less than what you can be? Why not strive to be better? Is there really something wrong with expecting people to do better or holding yourself at a higher standard? Call me vain, call me conceited, call me stuck up, but I will tell you that at the end of the day, I can lay down happy, knowing that people can look up to me. I can be an influence on a generation that suffers with enough issues. There are so many things that are out of our control in everyday life, but if there's one thing that you have control over, it's yourself and the way you choose to present yourself. If you lay down with dogs, you'll get fleas. Who you hang out with, is who you become. How you type, how you talk, will take part in where you life goes. You need to take control of the only thing in life you can. Take advantage of your opportunity to improve something that's important. It /is/ obvious that you care about making mistakes. As much as you say you don't. That is why I correct people. There will come a point when people appreciate me in some way or another. When it is a simple mistake such as the wrong "your" it is unbelievably common and certainly something I'll always correct, because it is so noticeably easy to fix. Hold yourself to a higher standard people. Prove the Grammar Nazis wrong! Also, *Trolls. That was for, 47. :)
Eh, not much of an FML. Just a minor inconvenience. Except for the ticket, of course.
The ticket is the part that doesn't qualify. Your car not starting isn't generally something you have control over. If you pay attention to what you're doing, you can always avoid a speeding ticket. You can't complain about how fucked your life is if you did something illegal and got caught doing it.
It all qualifies, sallen, because it all got published as an FML. Regardless of whether it merits a YDI or a YLS, it's still an FML. If "totally unavoidable" was a qualification for publication on the site, the voting feature wouldn't exist, and a good percentage of these stories wouldn't have been accepted.