Generation LOL most irked by grammar slips
It’s the LOL generation that appears most annoyed by bad grammar and spelling slips, according to a survey by Dictionary.com.
The site found in an online Harris Poll done July 31 to Aug. 4 that 80 percent of American adults 18 and older consider themselves good spellers, but they may be overestimating their abilities.
The survey of 2,052 people showed 71 percent responded that they often find spelling mistakes in correspondence from others.
Among respondents 18 to 34, 74 percent said they were irked by such slips on social media — more than any other age group.
“While we’d assume they’d be accustomed to seeing and using abbreviated speech and lingo because they are a tech-savvy generation, we actually found that they have much higher standards,” said Liz McMillan, the site’s chief executive, from the company’s headquarters in Oakland, California.
“The poll was a great way to get a sense for how people really feel about the way we communicate, whether through our speech, social media posts or even signs and restaurant menus,” she said.
Across all age groups, 59 percent said improper grammar is their biggest beef when it comes to the English language.
Women notice grammar and spelling mistakes more than men, with 75 percent saying they often find errors in the writing of others. That’s compared to 66 percent of men who spot errors, according to the survey.