You know what annoys me? People who correct other people’s grammar. Especially since half the time – and I say this as a former professional proofreader who’s had to deal with such issues for a long time – especially since half the time, the people doing the correcting are wrong. They think that what they were taught in grammar school 50 years ago still goes, which ain’t necessarily so. With language, what used to be wrong may now be considered acceptable. This is because language usage changes, but you’d never know it to hear these people. For example:
One of the Merriam-Webster’s definitions of the word unique is interesting. Yes, folks, unique doesn’t solely mean one of a kind. Also, the word irregardless is defined in Merriam-Webster’s. And you can respond I’m well when someone asks you about your health, but you can respond I’m good when they are asking about your emotional state of mind.
Besides, correcting people’s grammar, especially in front of others, is bad manners, and I’m not the only one to say so (check Miss Manners). In fact, correcting people in general is rude.
Take that, you pompous, braggadocio, self-proclaimed “grammarians”!
To those people, I ask, What’s your source? Source, they say? Source? Why, I’m the source. Terrific, I say, tell, me, what have you published?
I once worked with a professional proofreader, to whom I pointed out that bit about unique to her by showing it to her in the dictionary. “Well, that’s wrong!” she said.
Truth is, grammar is not a moral issue. To learn some humility, check out Cori Stamper’s Word for Word: the Secret Life of Dictionaries. She’s a professional dictionary editor, so she knows her stuff. You’ll find some wonderful stuff there about things like the history of the pronunciation of the word nuclear.