Can You Guess How Annoyed People Actually Are By Incorrect Grammar?

Sticklers, unite!

Dictionary.com recently did a study of adults in the U.S. to find out what really grinds their gears about improper grammar and usage — and “some of the findings did come as a bit of a surprise,” said Liz McMillan, CEO of the site. Can you guess which ones they were?

  1. 1. What percentage of Americans say improper grammar is their biggest annoyance?
    1. 77%
    2. 59%
    3. 34%
    4. 14%
  2. 2. When given a list of commonly misspelled words, the majority of respondents said they were most bothered by the misspelling of what word?
    1. definitely
    2. misspelled
    3. received
    4. February
  3. 3. What age range showed the most annoyance with misspellings, mispronunciations, and grammar mistakes?
    1. 18–34
    2. 35–49
    3. 50–64
    4. 65+
  4. 4. What percentage of American adults consider themselves good spellers?
    1. 80%
    2. 65%
    3. 40%
    4. 22%
  5. 5. True or false? Women were more likely than men to consider themselves strong spellers and to admit to being annoyed by improper grammar, misspelled words, and typos.
    1. True
    2. False
  6. 6. What percentage of people get fired up by misspellings and improper grammar usage on social media?
    1. 90%
    2. 65%
    3. 40%
    4. 25%
  7. 7. Which mispronunciation did the majority of respondents say they heard most often?
    1. “irregardless” instead of “regardless”
    2. “expresso” instead of “espresso”
    3. “supposably” instead of “supposedly”
    4. “could care less” instead of “couldn’t care less”
  8. 8. What percent of adult Americans are ~that guy~ who typically corrects family or friends when they mispronounce words?
    1. 91%
    2. 66%
    3. 46%
    4. 19%
  9. 9. Which set of homophones gets under people's skin the most?
    1. its / it’s
    2. they’re / their / there
    3. peak / peek / pique
    4. your / you’re
  10. 10. In what region are people most bothered by mispronounced words?
    1. The Northeast
    2. The Midwest
    3. The Pacific Northwest
    4. The South

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