In the comments, several people corrected the spelling error. Then others called those people out for missing the message, and one person called them all "grammar nazi's" (attempting, presumably, to refer to them in the plural form, rather than to their possessions… but I digress… although, only slightly).
I admit that I am a fan of good grammar. My mother was an English teacher, and I am a writer. I have edited books. I have probably even used the term Grammar Nazi to describe myself, but that ends today. The Nazi party was a racist group of people that no one should want to be associated with. I'm a "word nerd". I enjoy creating things with words. How words go together matters to me. Anyone who enjoys reading, whether they are grammar fans or not, can appreciate this love that I have for the written word. When I saw the above post, I understood the sentiment, but I felt compelled to present the grammarian's view, at least as I understand it.
Here's what I said:
In defence of grammarians, who can actually provide a valuable service, it IS difficult to ignore the errors. It's in our nature to spot them. It might even be our job to do so. That doesn't mean we can't enjoy the message, but it does diminish at least the initial effect for us. To us, it's as if the message is written in a foreign language that we first have to convert to one we understand. Worse, it might even create a negative visceral reaction in us, something like walking through a park on a beautiful day and stepping in dog poop that someone didn't care to bend down and pick up. I'm not condoning the degradation of others for a lack of skill or time or patience in creating error-free posts, but I do understand their frustration. In the eyes of the grammarian, proper grammar and spelling make the world a more beautiful place. We tend to think, How much more lovely this *might* have been had the author taken the time to check the spelling and grammar before posting it, and we tend to forget that not everyone has the necessary skills to do so. Let us all practice patience when judging errors in grammar and spelling, and patience for the grammarians who just want to make the world a more beautiful place.
All right, let me have it. What are your views? How do we all learn to get along? Surely there is space both for those who just want to express themselves without being lambasted for their imperfections along side those with a desire to clean up the poop, if you will, of the world of words.
Note that just because I am a professed grammarian doesn't mean that I always get it right. (Maybe there are errors in this very post. Let me know if you spot one!) We all make mistakes, so, in theory, we can all empathize with others when they do. Maybe one way to increase our tolerance of others' mistakes is to make some ourselves, on purpose. Here's a little experiment I tried:
It is so ingrained in me, the need to be grammatically correct, that I could let nothing leave my computer that wasn't double and triple checked, until I decided to let go of that compulsion in favour of saving time. I thought about all the time I spent checking my spelling and grammar, and what I could do with that time instead. I thought about other people who manage to share things with errors in them, and yet are not struck dead by lightening. I knew I could practice making mistakes in safe places like email and texts, that my friends would understand and not judge me for a few spelling errors here and there, and that it might even give them permission to do the same. I had to let the errors go on purpose at first. I couldn't not see them. Great exercise. I highly recommend it. I still think that if something is going to be published, it should be free of errors, but I'm working on being more forgiving around that too.