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Are you a grammar nazi?
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Yes, I must confess that at times, I can be one myself. I'm not sure that it's really fair considering my grammar isn't as good as it could be either, but I love English, and that says enough. Tongue

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I'm not, really, but I cringe when I see blatantly obvious mistakes, particularly their, there and they're.
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Mistakes regarding that particular word drive me insane as well. It's a common mistake too.
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I confess I am too. While I get lazy on my phone when I post on forums on a PC or laptop I generally follow strict grammar rules.
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I used to be extremely strict in terms of how my grammar was in texting. I've become a little more relaxed, but I still don't text enough to feel the need to use "SMS" language. Tongue
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I really don't care about most grammar unless it makes it difficult to read. But I don't correct people's grammar unless its absolutely atrocious.
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I love languages and call myself a WordNerd.

Languages are in a constant state of change. One of the things that changes is grammar. The current grammar of english is defined by old antiquated grammar rules and some of them need changing.

For me, the 'their, there, they're' confusion is a typo and not bad grammar. Same with 'its, it's' and 'your, you're'.
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Speaking of change, even over the past few years textbooks have become outdated. Little grammar rules can change surprisingly fast.
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I forgot to mention that I am not a grammar nazi.
But... I guess I could be described as a grammar rules nazi in that I sometimes go off on a longwinded rant about the current rules of english grammar not matching up with the current english grammar.

English and I'm sure many languages is quite different spoken and written. And then there's the differences in casual and formal english. Chats are very casual. Forums are less casual but not quite formal. My point is that the grammar rules are different. Grammar should be more relaxed in a chat atmosphere and chat is no place for grammar nazis.
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Well, I don't like grammar nazi'ing because it makes me feel terrible. Especially if english isn't their first language.
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(June 11th, 2013 at 2:13 AM)Towncrafter Wrote: I love languages and call myself a WordNerd.

Languages are in a constant state of change.

Not actually grammar but in line with your post Towncrafter and because I also consider myself a bit of a word nerd I was 'literally' shocked to learn today that the OED has extended the meaning of the word 'literally' to include its use for things that are not literally so but for emphasis http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition.../literally
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(August 16th, 2013 at 1:21 PM)Agandl Wrote:
(June 11th, 2013 at 2:13 AM)Towncrafter Wrote: I love languages and call myself a WordNerd.

Languages are in a constant state of change.

Not actually grammar but in line with your post Towncrafter and because I also consider myself a bit of a word nerd I was 'literally' shocked to learn today that the OED has extended the meaning of the word 'literally' to include its use for things that are not literally so but for emphasis http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition.../literally

That's interesting... I know people "literally" use the word for that purpose, but to see the definition changed in the dictionary is surprising.

The English language is a complicated language, I must say.
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(August 16th, 2013 at 1:31 PM)Darth-Apple Wrote: That's interesting... I know people "literally" use the word for that purpose, but to see the definition changed in the dictionary is surprising.

The English language is a complicated language, I must say.

It is fascinating seeing how words are added, changed or dropped from the dictionary according to usage

I think English is complicated because it has so many root languages. It means that words that sound similar can be spelt differently and mean different things. It also makes letters have different sound values according to the letters next to them. Very confusing to anyone trying to learn it.

Also UK English is almost a different language from US English, though I think TV and Films are bringing them together. Most UK kids are increasingly speaking 'American'

Interestingly I have a Canadian friend and her English is much more UK than US - not sure if that is 'usual' what is your opinion?
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Agreed. The internet has undoubtedly had an effect on that as well. As the world becomes more internationally connected, it seems that many dialects of the English language are starting to become more familiar worldwide.
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I try not to be, considering that my spelling is not always perfect, but sometimes I do correct some grammar mistakes that other people repeatedly make on online forums...
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