If you don’t know how and when to use an apostrophe – or the difference between their, there, and they’re – don’t talk to me. Ever — Chris Pirillo
I understand his frustration (he was being flip, by the way, not totally serious); this has always bothered me greatly as well. But I wouldn’t go quite that far. I just don’t see it being as important as the ideas themselves. The thing that bothers me is seeing friends commit these errors and feeling uncomfortable about how to approach the subject.
I want to shake them into realizing how poorly it reflects on them, but at the same time I don’t want to be a dick.
So, aside from what’s “accepted” or “technically correct”, what’s the best position to take on this? Is it better to try and completely separate the content from the communication, or does a failure to properly communicate an idea imply something about the quality of the idea itself?
Is it justified for people to diminish (or even dismiss) content based on whether or not it’s presented in proper English? Or is that just snobbery?
What do you think? Where is your own personal “grammar nazi” line?