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It’s official: Study confirms grammar snobs really are the worst

“Grammar snobs are a definite breed from their light cousins: phrase nerds and grammar geeks,” writes June Casagrande in Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies. “The distinction is bloodlust.”

A new study confirms what Casagrande and anybody who’s ever acquired a bit of constructive criticism on an e-mail already knew. Individuals who (or ought to I say whom?) are simply vexed by grammatical errors are simply the worst. Researchers from the College of Michigan discovered a correlation between having an agreeable and extroverted character and the skill to let these little e-mail errors slide.

Eighty-three folks had been requested to learn faux e-mail responses to a roommate needed advert. Some emails contained typos and grammatical errors and a few didn’t. They had been requested to price the “potential roommates” primarily based on a collection of prompts after studying the emails. Contributors had been then rated primarily based on the Huge 5 Character Index (BFI), which measures extraversion, agreeability, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness.

Contributors who had been extra extroverted, conscientious, and open (in response to the BFI) tended to have a extra optimistic and fewer judgmental view of potential housemates with errors of their emails.

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“Much less agreeable members confirmed extra sensitivity to grammos than members excessive in agreeability,” researchers say, “maybe as a result of much less agreeable folks are much less tolerant of deviations from conference.”

Put one other manner, grammar snobs could also be grammar snobs as a result of they only can’t let issues go.

Stannis is a fellow grammar nazi

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