Archive for November, 2012

Grammatical Stereotypes

         While reading “Ethos and Error” by Larry Beason, I was constantly thinking how judgmental I thought many of the participants in the experiment were being about the errors and the way it reflected on the writer. For example, making a few minor errors in the writing reflected that the writer would also overlook details in their job performance. While I do see this as judgemental, I think I kind of agree with it. This reading made me realize how I too have different reactions to errors and may even judge people on their errors sometimes.

         My biggest pet peeve is people that spell “bored”, ” board”. C’mon now.. I know people who are in their junior years of college and spell bored that way – and it isn’t like I’ve never corrected them before! It also really irks me when people spell you’re, your. However, this one does not bother me as much. While I may not judge someone as harshly on their misspelling of ‘you’re’ or ‘they’re’, ‘their’, and ‘there’..I cannot deny that I definitely view people who can not spell the word board as more illiterate than me and somewhat lacking competence. Ofcourse everyone does accidentally make mistakes sometimes. I’d like to say that the friend I have that spells ‘board’ lacks the knowledge, but clearly he went to school and has a proper education and like I mentioned, I have corrected him numerous times. Why then, does he continue to make the same mistake? And why does it bother me so much?

            I think that judging people on language is something bigger than just me, or students and teachers, but a stereotype that society has aided in creating due to the hierarchal structure of employment and its connection to the value of education. 

P.S. I ironically happened to catch a spelling mistake I made just before I posted this. Good thing, huh?