Chris Pirillo’s Thoughts on Bad Grammar: Same As Mine

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As usual, I’m going to ask you to watch the video first before reading my comments:

There, all done? Good, now I can comment away!

This is the kind of thing that drives me crazy, too. I don’t know if anyone notices, but I try to keep my English as perfect as I can here on my blog, in my email, on Wikipedia… The list of places where I write goes on — and in each and every location, I try to use scholarly-sounding English that won’t have me embarrassing my school, my parents, or (most importantly) myself.

Chris says he gets emails like that all the time. I can relate; I see loads upon loads of messages like that on Wikipedia, in online school discussion boards, and forums across the Internet. Fortunately, most of the people I correspond with via email and IM have a firm grasp of the English language, and only make mistakes when they’re intentional (say they’re ignoring the rules for the sake of typing speed). Only a very few people I know personally mutilate English.

So, I beg the world, please watch how you write. It drives geeks like me, Chris, my friend i80and, and all kinds of other people absolutely crazy to try and interpret sentences like, “r u srsly gnna get widnows vitsa? u cnat possiby b srs abt tht!”

That’s my rant for the day, then.


I am an avid technology and software user, in addition to being reasonably well-versed in CSS, JavaScript, HTML, PHP, Python, and (though it still scares me) Perl. Aside from my technological tendencies, I am also a theatre technician, sound designer, violinist, singer, and actor.


  1. Hear hear! If you want your thoughts to be respected, use proper grammar and syntax.

  2. Margaret Sch.

    And you CERTAINLY wouldn’t want to embarrass your former Kumon tutor, above all!

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