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    How does grammar affect you?

    Does improper/poor grammar bother you? Examples? Why?

    I was a bit surprised to see these as things that bother INTPs. They don't bother me at all, and I usually don't even notice misspellings.

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    I'm scared of misspellings! I noticed people tend to correct others they already had a problem with before the infraction.

    Like if someone comes in here spouting churchianity, the grammar nazis pounce.

    Me? I'm lowbrow so as long as communication is occurring, I don't care.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LordLatch View Post
    I'm scared of misspellings! I noticed people tend to correct others they already had a problem with before the infraction.

    Like if someone comes in here spouting churchianity, the grammar nazis pounce.

    Me? I'm lowbrow so as long as communication is occurring, I don't care.
    It's in their doctrinology to pounce and engage in holey symboliclasm.
    Most of time, when people ask why something terrible happened, they don't realize they are looking for someone to blame.

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    Grammar is a game and a tool. On here , obviously, I have more leniency for misspelling since I don't proofread everything.

    Often in speech I find myself deliberately breaking rules: Im not sure if it's a lefty elitist Australian thing or not: that is to say, you deliberately mess with grammar to show simultaneously that you're not a stuck up dick that takes grammar and poncey speech seriously, but it's also a shibboleth to show that you really are educated enough to do so and are not really part of the class that would genuinely make such mistakes (as genuine low/high class people would not recognize either the mistakes/playful intentionality respectively.)

    In writing it's all about creativity /communication, and I've been know to keep archaic patterns that match my intended intonation and flow, or deliberately break rules I think are non-productive or locally illogical...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ACow View Post
    Often in speech I find myself deliberately breaking rules: Im not sure if it's a lefty elitist Australian thing or not: that is to say, you deliberately mess with grammar to show simultaneously that you're not a stuck up dick that takes grammar and poncey speech seriously, but it's also a shibboleth to show that you really are educated enough to do so and are not really part of the class that would genuinely make such mistakes (as genuine low/high class people would not recognize either the mistakes/playful intentionality respectively.)
    People in this country do that, too – interspersing formal language with bits of dialect shoddiness. It adds character and nuance to one's speech.

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    It. bothers. me.

    The worst is when it is in work e-mail. However, since i rewrite each part of an e-mail two or three times, I always often screw up and leave in an out of place word.

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    I just wish people wouldn't use 'whom' or 'myself' when they clearly don't know what the fuck they're doing.

    Glimpses do ye seem to see of that mortally intolerable truth; that all deep, earnest thinking is but the intrepid effort of the soul to keep the open independence of her sea; while the wildest winds of heaven and earth conspire to cast her on the treacherous, slavish shore?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoneyJungle View Post
    I just wish people wouldn't use 'whom' or 'myself' when they clearly don't know what the fuck they're doing.
    To whom do you refer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ptah View Post
    To whom do you refer?
    Myself!

    Glimpses do ye seem to see of that mortally intolerable truth; that all deep, earnest thinking is but the intrepid effort of the soul to keep the open independence of her sea; while the wildest winds of heaven and earth conspire to cast her on the treacherous, slavish shore?

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    I have to be one of the worst offenders here. Maybe if I ever took the time to proofread, I wouldn't miss so many. I don't really care. I notice mistakes in others much quicker than my own. I'm almost convinced I have some disorder, sometimes full sets of words are gone from what I thought I had posted.

    In places outside of quick internet posts, I'm much more careful. I've been using incomplete sentences and purposefully breaking rules all my life. I had a writing instructor use my paper as an example of how to do it and get away with it. It's all just trying to communicate your ideas.

    I do tire easily from grammar nazis. My only issue is when I can't tell someone's meaning or position. Often times if someone leaves out the n't in couldn't or wouldn't, you can tell by context what the person truly meant. When combined with a couple of rhetorical questions, it might not be so easy.

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