Mumbai: What's love got to do with grammar? A lot, it appears. Bad grammar is tearing loving hearts asunder in the city, it seems. In a survey by Landmark Bookstores from TATA Trent, 72 per cent of Mumbai's respondents admitted to having fought with their spouse over poor grammar and nine per cent of the respondents said they had broken up over the subject. However, love, it does seem, has the last word, bad grammar and all, as over 69 per cent respondents admitted, "love does conquer all, even bad grammar."
Here's a sample text which causes the syntactically correct sweetheart to skip a heartbeat, but not in the way a swain would imagine. "I love her period," says he and she responds, "I don't know who this is. But your total lack of punctuation makes that DISGUSTING."
Fifty-three per cent of respondents said they would not rectify errors on their mothers' grocery lists. Another 29 per cent of Mumbaikars admitted they were always correcting other people's grammar, while 62 per cent said they would do so depending on their mood. How often have we seen the more finicky among social media users wanting to correct badly written posts but backtracking because they are disinclined to take any ‘panga’. But the city is a happy hunting ground for Grammar Nazis, the survey shows.
Signboards and hoardings can provide a chuckle every other minute and with smartphones always at the ready, aiming, shooting and sharing are at one's fingertips. Forty-three per cent of Mumbaikars said they cringe each time they spot a signboard with errors, but only 13 per cent said they would inform the shopowner of the error.
Many a time, poor grammar is the reason for a person being sentenced to 'unfollowing' on social media, however ungrammatical that sounds. Forty-four per cent said they would 'unfollow' people for cringe-worthy grammar while 56 per cent said they couldn't be bothered because 'grammar is dead on social media' and 15 per cent of respondents in Mumbai derived sadistic pleasure from rectifying others' errors on social media.
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