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"I'm surrounded by idiots!"

Or at least illiterates.

Presumably I'm being punished for giving up on college, instead of sticking it out and becoming an English teacher. Then I could get paid for correcting this crap, instead of being forced to ignore it, because it's not a good employment strategy to play Grammar Nazi to one's co-workers and especially one's superiors.

Recent examples.

Email today from a co-worker:

Does anyone know the format to retrieve pass dated invoices?.

@@@@@

Part of an email yesterday from a Supervisor telling us how important it is to properly document our records:

Also keep in mind the floaters, they should be able to jump in and cover someone and have it be as seemless as possible.


@@@@@

Then there was this one where my former manager managed to use "your" both correctly AND incorrectly in one header:

It is your turn -2013 PTO Requests - Your NEXT

I actually brought that one to her attention because it was so egregious and because it was going out to other people in the company who might notice. Also because I have a relationship with her that allows me to do that. Although I don't think she was 100% thrilled about it.

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tourmaline1973
Jan. 8th, 2013 06:19 pm (UTC)
Ack. I'm glad I work in a team where everyone writes for publication in some form - no bad grammar within our team (although I often have to rewrite copy from other teams so it reads less like a carpet warehouse sales flyer).
karaokegal
Jan. 10th, 2013 12:08 am (UTC)
I know there are legitimate typos and I'm somewhat sympathetic to those, but when it's clear that they genuine don't know the difference...that's when I get all head asplodey!
abbysiuta
Jan. 9th, 2013 12:38 am (UTC)
I am constantly amazed by the crap grammar of the majority of English speakers.

And I really wish that everyone knew how to use commas and semicolons correctly.
karaokegal
Jan. 10th, 2013 12:10 am (UTC)
Semicolons are probably too much ask for.
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