What words mean . . .

actually matters.

Here in the US, there’s an unfortunate stereotype that someone who encourages the proper use of words and grammatical structures is a pedantic jerk.  If you do this, you might even be an intellectual snob in anti-intellectual America.  You’re uptight. Rigid. To take the extreme view with the most common term used for people who prefer grammatical accuracy, you are a grammar Nazi!  That’s right – your unreasonable demands for people to use words correctly evokes the most hated group of genocidal lunatics in our collective memory.

Funny, people don’t seem to get quite so upset when we encourage accuracy in arithmetic. . .

Granted, word usage and grammatical norms aren’t exactly mathematical truths, but we can find some objective common ground in the English language. That’s why I’m always happy to find good examples of common mistakes in grammar and word usage, like this one I discovered from Quartz. Thanks to Dr. Travis Bradberry of TalentSmart for the article, and its insights.

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This guy gets it.


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1 Response to What words mean . . .

  1. Language is a tool that can be used for fraud. It is not only the meaning of the individual words that matters, but also the way they are utilised. Sentences can be constructed so that it seems that the author is asserting something when on careful reading one would realise they are not.


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