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Updated on Aug 13, 2018. Posted on Aug 20, 2015

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?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    59%!

    Nearly 6 in 10 are vexed by ads, signs, and menus with typos.

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  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?

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    Wrong! 

    February!

    It made 38% want to break out their red pens.

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  3. 3. What age range showed the most annoyance with misspellings, mispronunciations, and grammar mistakes?

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    Wrong! 

    18–34!

    Whoa. Millennials DO care!

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  4. 4. What percentage of American adults consider themselves good spellers?

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    Wrong! 

    80%!

    BUT 71% say they often find spelling mistakes in written correspondence from others, so...

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  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.

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    Wrong! 

    True!

    Eighty-seven percent of women age 35–44 consider themselves good spellers.

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  6. 6. What percentage of people get fired up by misspellings and improper grammar usage on social media?

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    Wrong! 

    65%!

    And that jumps to 74% of those age 18–34.

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  7. 7. Which mispronunciation did the majority of respondents say they heard most often?

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    Wrong! 

    "Could care less" instead of "couldn't care less"!

    At 49%, almost half of people said they hear this mix-up most often. We're all in this together, guys.

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  8. 8. What percent of adult Americans are ~that guy~ who typically corrects family or friends when they mispronounce words?

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    Wrong! 

    46%!

    People age 18–34 are more likely than those over 35 to do this. Millennials, #amirite?

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  9. 9. Which set of homophones gets under people's skin the most?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    They're, their, and there!

    This troubling trifecta annoys 46% of people (and rightly so).

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  10. 10. In what region are people most bothered by mispronounced words?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    The Northeast!

    Fifty-six percent of Northeasterners don't have time for any of your mispronunciation.

    ABC

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