I know a few people who need this printed out for them :’)
the thing about why I’m making fun of people who focus so much on spelling and grammar is the fact that there are people on this website who spout harmful ideas, ideas of fascism or white supremacy, but do with with impeccable grammar and there are those who oppose those ideas with less than perfect grammar and if you lose your shit because someone got your and you’re confused while you’re not losing your shit that someone just explained that their political views are that of a fascist, your priorities are fucked up.
Like legitimately fucked up.
NO LISTEN, SERIOUSLY GUYS
- What you call “correct grammar” is a social construct which is useful to know specifically because people will equate it with your level of education when you are trying to, say, apply for jobs, or get a book published, or the like. It is otherwise mainly a tool to divide people with a certain level of education from people without.
- What you call “incorrect grammar” is colloquial language, it is the native English learned by that speaker during childhood, and it follows complex rules of its own. NO NATIVE SPEAKER OF ENGLISH SPEAKS BAD OR STUPID ENGLISH. THAT’S NOT HOW LANGUAGE WORKS.
- THEREFORE, when you call people on “incorrect grammar,” the effect is often that of drawing attention to speech patterns that are perceived as signifiers of a person’s social background or education level. It is particularly important to keep this in mind when you are addressing a person’s language when they are in a space where they feel more comfortable or safe, and thus might want to use their native grammar rather than the socially imposed standard.
I’m pretty sure that most of you don’t intentionally do that sort of thing, so you should probably be aware that that’s what you’re doing.
I tried to explain this to a friend the other day, but definitely didn’t put it quite this well.
ok i am officially tired of people refusing to use singular “they” for someone’s pronoun of choice because it’s “incorrect grammar” (its not but ok i’ll play your game for the time being)
its just like
how does it feel
how does it feel to value grammar rules above the feelings of someone who is just trying to live their life
singular they has been correct grammar for the past 150 years
so fuck you x2 right there