Wow. I just discovered an intense feud over grammar between members of the “Good Grammar Is Hot” group on Facebook.
It started with the posting of this picture:
As you can guess, it got a lot of jeers from the members of the group.
Well, it didn’t end there.
Davin joined the conversation. You can read the whole thing here if you’re on Facebook, but if you’re not, here are some of the highlights:
just because i dont feel as if i need to use perfect grammar in a facebook status u people decide to roast me wow you guys seriously are a bunch of uptight fags but if it makes u feel any better imma english major with perfect grades i just chose to perfect english for class and would rather use slang and or inappropriate use of terms for more social occasions like facebook oh yeah Imma so stab you in your fucking face with a spork for posting this shit u know that right and yes bitches i used u instead of you so bite me on my caramel colored ass
Is there such a thing as a descriptionary? If so I would very much like to get my hands on one, if not it’s a fantastic idea that someone should make millions out of it and give me a copy for my birthday :)
A few quick notes for the angry Davin:
1) The only difference between American English and British English is a few spelling differences, the grammatical structures are identical, otherwise they’d be different languages rather than dialects. The reason we internationals perceive you as speaking (or typing in this case) incorrectly is because you are.
2) Confusing “there’s” for “theirs” and other similar errors are not “slang” as you called it. Colloquialisms are quite different to spelling errors, although one could argue that spellings like “ur” for “you’re” could be counted as textual slang.
3) Gay (or fag in this case) is not a synonym for stupid (or any other derogative term).
4) I get laid regularly, and I still think you’re a dick.
Honestly, thats not my real communication mode i just conform to fit the needs of my surroundings. if im in school or with my friends then i talk like that status. If im in a interview or need to get something done to my liking then i take another tone that many people arent familiar with i just dont see the need to spell out you on facebook when many people if not everyone understands that u is the same thing as you and the people that dont understand that seriously need to get a social life and stop having theirs revolve around people choosing to use slang instead of correct english cause well if u realise that to the english almost all american english is slang
But I think it was David who had the most interesting statement:
My suggestion would be to find a major you really LIKE. It’s inconceivable to me that anyone who really loves English could ever bring himself to write like this, in a social occasion or otherwise, just as I can’t imagine a philosophy major ignoring a specious argument just because he’s at a party or a math major pretending not to notice a mistake on a restaurant check just because he’s out to dinner with friends.
Personally, I don’t believe that Davin is an English major.
If he is, though, then I can’t believe that Davin is an English major, yet takes pride in the fact that he writes so badly. WHY would anyone DO THAT?
You know me — you know that this blog is about going after the people who make errors in professional writing. But I thought that this was worth posting.
What do you think?