It’s always surprised me how “grammar Nazis” or “spelling Nazis” complain bitterly about the smallest mistake in a book, or a blog article, or whatever.  They won’t cut us any slack at all.  It’s as if any errors the author(s) make are somehow deliberately intended as a personal insult to them.  They’re not, of course, but you can’t persuade them of that.  They can (and do) wax vitriolic.

That being so, I laughed out loud at Stephan Pastis’ “Pearls Before Swine” cartoon yesterday.  Click the image to be taken to a larger view at the comic’s Web page.

Gigglesnort!  Thanks, Mr. Pastis, on behalf of beleaguered writers everywhere!



  1. No. Simple grammatical errors, such as using "it's" for "its" and sticking apostrophes in plurals, make the writer look stupid and undermine the impact of his writing. If you have something worthwhile to say, you should take the time to say it coherently and literately. (I'm not counting typos. Everyone makes typos, but there's a difference between mistakenly writing "teh" and deliberately writing "It show's it's ignorance.")

  2. Writing is a craft, and like any other craft it needs to be done right. You wouldn't let your auto shop return your car with the brakes 90% fixed, or let the fire department leave your house with your kitchen fire 85% extinguished, so why should you make excuses for a writer who gives his customers a half-done job?

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