Survey: Generation LOL most irked by grammar

2015-08-29 15:36


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New York - It's the LOL generation that appears most annoyed by bad grammar and spelling slips, according to a survey by

The site found in an online Harris Poll done July 31 to August 4 that 80% 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% responded that they often find spelling mistakes in correspondence from others.

Among respondents 18 to 34, 74% 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% 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% saying they often find errors in the writing of others. That's compared to 66% of men who spot errors, according to the survey.

Specifically what is the biggest peeve? Typos on restaurant menus, store signs and ads for 59% of respondents.

Misspellings of "February" and "definitely" were singled out by 38% and 31%, respectively, as most bothersome when respondents were presented with a list of word candidates. Thirty percent said the "I before e except after c rule" — as violated in "receive" — bothered them the most.

But THE most irksome set of oft-confused words, at least to 46% of the survey's respondents, was an old standard: "their, they're and there."

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