Skip to comments.Grammar sticklers may have OCD
Posted on 07/28/2012 8:48:38 PM PDT by garjog
t used to be we thought that people who went around correcting other peoples grammar were just plain annoying. Now theres evidence they are actually ill, suffering from a type of obsessive-compulsive disorder/oppositional defiant disorder (OCD/ODD). Researchers are calling it Grammatical Pedantry Syndrome, or GPS.
Maybe youve heard of the grammar geneits technical name is the FOXP2 genewhich may be responsible for a variety of grammatical ills, such as the inability to construct compound/complex sentences or to effectively deploy the passive voice. Now theres evidence that a variant of that gene, FOXP2.1, may actually cause us to obsessively correct other peoples grammar, or should that be, to correct their grammar obsessively? The discovery of this gene, alongside new evidence from fMRI scans of brains exposed to real-time grammatical errors, has led some scientists to predict that soon we may be able to find a cure for GPS, for many sufferers a debilitating, off-putting, sociopathic syndrome.
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Where the hell is Grandpa?
I just see some fruity looking young guy, and a woman.
On the other hand, it could be the literate losing patience with the illiterate, the lazy and the ignorant - which is as it should be.
The thread’s title should hava a period at the end.
Perhaps the fruity looking guy is the Son, but then Mom looks way to young.
What is the name of the illness suffered by people who invent acronyms?
Eats shoots and leaves.
” The discovery of this gene,alongside new evidence from fMRI scans of brains exposed to real-time grammatical errors,has led some scientists to predict that soon we may be able to find a cure for GPS,for many sufferers a debilitating,off-putting, sociopathic syndrome.”
Ohhh horseee puckee ...
I’m shocked that some people don’t know the difference between ‘their’,’there’ and ‘they’re’.
Or ‘your’ and ‘you’re’.
Given that more and more people are unable to spell or speak properly anymore, I’d have to question the timing and real motive of the story.
I find basic errors of spelling and grammar in major newspapers on a regular basis. Do they even have copy editors anymore? If they do, do the copy editors take any pride in their work?
I routinely correct spelling errors on the fluoxetine prescriptions the doctor gives me. Also double and triple check the dosage.
Grammar incompetents may have ADD.
There’s a sociopath in the White House, and these researchers are worried about Grammar Pedantry?
” I routinely correct spelling errors on the fluoxetine prescriptions the doctor gives me. Also double and triple check the dosage”
Great! An excuse to make a mistook!
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