When I'm using social networks I get to see many grammar/vocabulary/spelling mistakes. Sure enough, we do have a laugh at those mistakes sometimes, we talk to friends about them, but in fact, I do not enjoy putting people down for that - we all make mistakes (in fact, I might be making mistakes right now, as I write this post), be them small mistakes or big ones. But then, it does bother me when somebody does ALL of the following things:
- They write fround upon instead of frowned upon;
- They translate a text with the aid of Google translator and the result is awful (which is often resulting of the lame original writing piece);
- They introduce themselves over the internet as people who speak German, Portuguese, English and French (when I know they don't speak any of those and barely speak their native language...).
What annoys me here its NOT that they make mistakes when writing, but how arrogant they are when they want to get across that they're somebody else, in order to acquire social status. I LOVE languages, however, I don't believe people are worse or better than others because they speak either one or seven different languages. Maybe that's got to do with the growing importance of speaking foreign languages in the business world. There's a certain glamour to people who are bilingual, trilingual, etc. They're seen as beings who come from a different planet. Well, truth is that they're no aliens, but rather, they're people who have studied a lot in order to get that kind of knowledge. So, instead of spending your time trying to look better than the others (when in fact you're only embarrassing yourself), why not try to study a bit?!?!