Why I am a Grammar Nazi

I am, I suppose, what most people would call a Grammar Nazi.  The way  I see it, I’m just an English teacher and wannabe writer who takes language very  seriously.  But, if people want to call that  being a Grammar Nazi, I can live with  it.  It gives me more credit than I actually deserve, because I am fairly slack about  it, but I’ll take it.

I correct people a lot on the difference between lose and loose, for instance.  It’s a bit of a pet peeve of mine because I’m sure people who spell lose as loose are basing this are just trying to write, phonetically, what they have heard and what they have heard is loooooooser!, with at least 7 o’s in it.
I started correcting people whenever I saw that about 2 or 3 years ago, focusing on that specific error because there aren’t enough hours in the day to  correct  everything, and if I focused on that I  could  make a  difference.  I have noticed, on my own particular Facebook page, that the incidences have dropped considerably, although it’s a rare day that I don’t see one or two.
I’ll also correct people on  the difference between their, there, and they’re, as well as your and you’re, even though  I’ve been known to screw them up myself.
These spelling  errors are the type that spellcheck won’t catch, because the misspelling itself is a word.  So, when  they are writing the post, they won’t see the  squiggly  red line.  I wish people  would  learn  to spell, but I see  how  these slip  through  the cracks occasionally.

The one I caught flak over  today, though, was correcting  somebody who said “A large military budget is nessasary.”  Unless his computer is vastly different from mine, he saw a squiggly red line when he wrote it.  If you then put your cursor over the squiggly red lined word and right  click, you’ll get a box with a list of words you might  have meant, and you can  just click  on that  to  automatically correct your spelling.

It’s easy.   Even a moron can do it.


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