Research confirms: Grammar police are jerks

Do you get annoyed at people’s writing and MUST point it out as soon as someone makes the smallest spelling mistake?

Then you are probably a jerk, according to a new study, writes the site 9gag.

1. Beautiful

2. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

3. Resume

4. Sincerely / Canceled / Schedule

These are America’s most misspelled words, according to Google Trends. If you get mad when someone makes a writing mistake, chances are you have been called “grammar police” by friends and acquaintances.

Related to personality

If you get annoyed by these “grammar police”, you have every right to do so. These people are jerks, according to a new study conducted at the University of Michigan.

The study surveyed 83 participants who had to read different emails. The researchers changed words on purpose and also added different grammar mistakes.

Those who noted the errors had more personality traits that best correspond to unsympathetic and cold personalities, according to a personality scale made by psychologists.

Grammar police
Image source: 9gag.

Others were more sympathetic and generous

Those who didn’t notice most of the mistakes, instead, had personality traits usually belonging to agreeable, sympathetic and cooperative people.

The participants in the study who got annoyed by the mistakes were also judgemental about the “people” who wrote the e-mail, while those who didn’t, had no preconceived opinions about the authors.

Although this study is fun, you should take it with a pinch of salt, and sometimes people appreciate the correction so they can improve their spelling.

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