Grammar police, the writer's who know it all

How often do you write an article/blog post on the internet, edit it, and find comments about the smallest typo's?

On the internet it happens frequently, people have an insatiable need to point out other people's mistakes and post it in public.

Is a Blog post bad if it has a couple of error's?

You could have a short, engaging blog with a few error's, or a long, laborious blog post with no error's that would send your reader's to sleep within the first minute.

When you have a really good idea for an article your instinct is to start scribling down your ideas and write it out. In my case I edit many times while I'm typing. That comes from proofreading as a typist.

Great Writer's

Even the writing great's such as:

  • F. Scott Fitzgerald, was known for being a bad speller.
  • Jane Austen: Bad spelling and grammar.
  • Albert Einstein: Bad spelling and grammar.
  • Winston Churchill: Bad spelling and grammar.
  • Leonardo da Vinci: Bad spelling and grammar

It's also worth pointing out that people with English degrees make an error every now and again. I'm feeling better already knowing that I'm in such good company.

You know what they say about people who live in glass houses.

Read my 4 reason's below why grammar police should retire:

1. Grammar Police always make bad writers

If your grammar has to be perfect all of the time (something that will never happen). You'll never get your writing out to the rest of the world, for fear of imperfection.

If a writer is always fruitful, often than not, they will make mistakes. They're not hung up on perfection but rather getting their work done.

Find someone who is overexcited about grammar and chances are their writing will be boring, business like and probably stilted.

A good writer knows when to break the rules. Breaking a few grammar rules makes an article more reader friendly, adds emphasis and starts a conversation

2. Grammar Police = Bad Attitude

The phrase "grammar police" refer's to those individual's who chide other's for their grammatical error's. These people will tell you your writing won't be taken seriously with typo's.

With the constant need for perfection always on your mind, things may become difficult when you're networking with other writer's and trying to get published.

3. Grammar Police - The time waster's

All the time spent meticulously going over other people's work could be spent, say, writing. Time wasted sending messages to other people about their minor error's and spelling mistakes could be spent constructively on:

  • Creating and writing a blog
  • Creating an eBook
  • Reading about the craft of writing
  • Going over and editing your own work

One thing's for sure, you'll never catch Stephen King sending off an email to another writer and criticizing her for a typing error. Why? He's too busy writing bestseller's.

4. Grammar Police are far from perfect

If you're keen to point out someone else's typo's, be sure to go through your own work with a fine tooth comb and make sure it's absolutely perfect. You can be sure that every person you've pointed mistakes out to will be "all over your writing like a rash".

So the next time you spot an error, stand back, take a breath. Choose to keep reading or don't.

"Intelligent ideas have nothing to do with a properly placed apostrophe".

Happy writing!

© 2015 Helen Bolam

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6 comments

Captain Honesty. 15 months ago

And hey, Einstein, you have a typo in the title.

Grammar nazis understand the English language.

Ask an elementary school student where apostrophes go.

Have fun on Hubpages!

Sincerely, someone who makes money proofreading the stupidity of others.


Bob Bobertson 15 months ago


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lions44 15 months ago from Auburn, WA

I have to be honest: I point errors in hubs that I like, because I think the writer's message is important. Although I try to resist the temptation, I can't myself sometime. It's painful. But most of time, the hubber has had a positive reaction. And I don't point out "typos," I let the hubber know about really bad verb usage or spelling on a proper noun (if it happens more than 2 or 3 times, it's not a typo). I do promise to try and limit myself. :)


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Helen Bolam 15 months ago from South Shields Author

Thanks for the comments guy's, I'm glad you all took the time to read my hub in such detail.


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Ryan Daniel Smith 15 months ago

It's tough because on one hand, I totally get what you're saying.

You don't have to be a great speller or very good with grammar to be a good writer, as you proved with your examples...

But on the other, it's unfair to flip the script and say that people who are can' t be good writers.

That's just not true, and frankly, a little rude.

It's okay to say, "Hey, I'm not great with grammar, but I still think I'm a good writer!"

It doesn't make you any less of a good writer to say that people who take proper English seriously are good as well!

I think attitude is everything.

If someone gets snobby... like the first two anonymous jerks on this page... then sure, screw them. They have to be anonymous because they're not confident enough in their own work to have it seen.

But if someone says, "Hey, great article! But you spelled so-and-so wrong or the apostrophe doesn't go there!", that's okay, they're just trying to help you.


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Helen Bolam 15 months ago from South Shields Author

Hi Ryan thanks for your comment.

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