tinseltowncloud replied to your post: onedirectionsucks replied to your post: it must be…grammar matters. yes, my day would be better but I still love you.
i’m not trying to be disagreeable just to be disagreeable but why does it matter to you how someone else types if that someone isn’t typing something up for school or work
hey anyone feel up to explaining why being a grammer stickler is gross you lot always have good things to say
BEING A GRAMMAR STICKLER IS GROSS BECAUSE
- it privileges “proper” english - ie, the english that is spoken by the rich, upper class, white, educated elite - over correct english - ie english whose meaning can be understood even if it does not meet proper standards
- it erodes actual problems with language comprehension - differences between easily confusible words whose meanings are, in fact, significantly different - in favor of fussing about with “theyre/their/there” differences, which is a bullshit thing to do because those can easily be distinguished contextually
- it systematically removes opportunities for advancement and social equality from the underprivileged
- “proper” language and speech is used as a tool of oppression and colonization - cf: the erasure of american indian languages/cultures, and the sort of racist spanish and english people use to mock and dehumanize latin@ immigrants, and that’s JUST in north america (look at the way africa was parcelled up into pieces for european nations and the conquering language was imposed, see: british india, basically anywhere that’s been conquered ever)
- seriously it’s fine if you want to hold yourself to any sort of standard but once you start holding other people to your standards you become a racist classist ableist dillhole and you should cut that out bc no one wants to be friends with one of them :3
I’m going to save this and share it with my fellow editors on the student mag. Some of ^above, now I see it carefully laid out, was why I felt uncomfortable editing the poem sent in. Still wonder if the “corrections” (wow, that word is so much more loaded now) were at all necessary.
The perhaps commonplace idea of correcting someone’s language, someone’s voice, to fit an Image (such as of an institute of higher learning) is intensely uncomfortable, as it should be.