Idiocy on the Internet–Country Grammar

One of my pet peeves is that I am a stickler for grammar and spelling. Thus, if I ever have a typo please point it out to me (preferably in a nice way). One of my vices is reading comments on what I consider to be controversial topics. Religious posts by prominent public figures never disappoint.

In these posts I will always answer the same question: What did I learn? The rest should speak for itself.


Greg Abbott status

abbott comment 1

Abbott comment 2

Abbott grammar exchange

You can see the entire thread here.

What did I learn?

1. I still loathe bullies.

James is probably a Christian and judging by his spelling, James was likely “educated” in the Texas public school system. I believe that a person’s political or religious beliefs, or personal choices are never an acceptable excuse to personally attack someone who disagrees with you. This is especially true if you are attacking someone in response to a picture of Biblical scripture. Whatever happened to “Love thy neighbor?” Defend your views to the death, but do it with eloquence and ample citations to reputable sources.

2. I should never assume.

One thing I did not account for was that James does not have a question mark on his keyboard, smart phone or iPad. If that is the case, you keep doing you, James. But if this is not the case I would love to answer your question. Your grammar is horrible.

Peace and love.



  1. If you are going to communicate to the world via the written word, then your grammar is the framework that holds those communications together into meaningful concepts. Would you buy a house built by a carpenter that didn’t understand the framework that holds his house together? If not, then why buy into the written communications of a person that doesn’t understand what holds their communications together? Bad grammar doesn’t mean a person is necessarily wrong, it just means they are either uneducated or intellectually lazy. Neither of which lends itself to in-depth or rational discussion.


    1. Great point! I never thought about it that way, but your words (written or spoken) are the framework of your intellectual house. Without a solid foundation, it will just fall apart when the breeze picks up.


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