Gen­er­a­tion LOL most irked by gram­mar slips

The China Post - - ARTS & LEISURE - BY LEANNE ITALIE

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.

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