Published: 16th April 2019
Stiff Upper Lip: 75% modern couples fight over bad grammar while 23% break up, finds Landmark survey
Landmark Bookstores recently conducted a survey on the variations in the behaviour of Grammar snobs and this is what they found
I have heard most girls and guys say that one of the things they find really attractive in their partners is their ability to speak and write great English. While that's said and done, Landmark Bookstores recently conducted a survey that states that 75 per cent of the people surveyed have disputes with their spouses or partners over grammatical errors. Shocked much? It is definitely true when people say that the hottest thing on dating sites is proper grammar! While 23 per cent of respondents said that they have broken up with their partner because of poor grammar, love conquers all for the 44 per cent that isn’t superficial enough to break up because of grammar.
Landmark Bookstores conducted the survey among 2500 people from cities including Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata,
Pune and Ahmedabad. What's even better is that the respondents fall between the age group 18-35.
Forget dating, the next time you go out socially, you might want to watch your grammar when you're hob-nobbing. Eight out of ten people that you meet on a regular basis are uncomfortable with grammatical errors! You read that right! These people also tend to call themselves 'Grammar Nazis', but you probably already knew that.
To begin with, here is an office space scenario. If you noticed that your boss is constantly making grammatical errors in his/her daily endeavours what would you do? Apparently, this is what people across the country had to say about it. Most agreed that only 7 per cent of the people are likely to correct their colleagues for using incorrect grammar. Good for them, don't you think? While 56 per cent of respondents will rectify their boss’s grammatical error and just mark a mail to their boss, 23 per cent will not point it out and rather stay in their boss’s good books and not really do much about this grammatical faux pas.
While most think it's really cool to tag that title to their names, very few qualify as live examples that do justice to the title. So who is a Grammar Nazi -- aka Grammar snob? People with the compulsion to be grammatically correct at all instances because they have a genuine concern to save the language. But being a grammar nazi/snob has its quirks and perks. It can build an individuals language base or even break an individual down. While I have already rattled on about how Grammar is highly capable of being a reason for breakups, there are more instances where Grammar can bring out the best and worst in people.
While the popular opinion about women being snobs about everything is partially true, it happens to be true even in the case of being a Grammar Nazi. If you were among the few that thought grammar didn’t have anything to do with age and gender, think again! This survey narrowed 80 per cent of women to be grammar snobs as compared to men. Talk about being young, right and a woman!