I love Facebook.
I have contacted old friends.
I play games.
I get informed of interesting news on all sorts of topics.
But just occasionally flames start.
Yesterday a friend [A] posted about his difficulties with his new insurer (car).
A reasonable reply by a friend [B] of his accidentally referred to the company in the plural.
Now, anyone following this blog knows that I suffer from a significant lack of skill with English. All the more embarrassing as it is the only language I speak or write.
So normally I am quite forgiving of typos, grammar and spelling mistakes.
I have little ‘ground to stand on’, so to speak.
But a reply [C] to the comment mention above pointed out the mistake. It was polite enough so I thought I’d give a little lite rib tickle back, especially as the reply included some equally small mistakes like “i” instead of I. I even put a “wink” at the end.
There followed the normal lite ribbing about “Engrish” and such – no problem there.
But the respondent [C] seems to have taken offence.
I carefully read the reply and was •so• tempted to point out the error in the argument put forward.
Instead I bowed gracefully and walked away.
I leave it up tithe reader here to make their own mind up. Comments welcome as always.
Original post not reproduced.
Comment by [B]
Final comment by me (abridged)
I’m completely with you on this. What an obnoxious little twit. For a start I think its actually totally pointless to pick holes in grammar on FB. It’s not the place for getting upset about grammar, because people really don’t give a stuff – they are having fun, and don’t meed to be lectured.
Ok – when writing a blog, *try* at least to get it right – or if your FB page is attached to a business identity – but seriously!
And if people do feel like being picky – as you say – it’s best if they manage to not make silly mistakes themselves. Being a twat is bad enough – being a hypocritical twat is juts plane embarrassing Lol (that means Laugh Out Loud in case we didn’t know already).
Wondered if it was just innate ability to rub people up the wrong way.
I wonder which is worse, honestly:
A mistake that is “common”
A deliberate action to bastardise the language.
“i” is quicker than “I”?