I know it’s crazy, but I can’t help myself: I send people messages on eBay correcting their grammar and spelling mistakes and mistakes I notice on their listings (if, for example, they describe an Indian dress as “Mexican”, or they advertise “flair” pants instead of “flare” pants).

Recently, a garnet ring and earrings set was described as “hugh.” I wrote in saying “‘Hugh’ is a man’s name pronounced like ‘hue’ or ‘hew’; I think you mean ‘huge’.”

I confess that I am completely insane. Is there a word for this particular disorder? (I mean a publishable word — don’t everyone write in saying “asshole.”)

5 thoughts on “Confession

  1. oh hee hee ha ha ha. have you read *infinite jest*? the mother character is a stickler grammarian who heads up an org established expressly for the purpose of grammatical interventions. 🙂 (the author himself purposely indulges in terrible grammar all over the rest of the book.)

  2. This also reminds me of those terrible T-shirts created by foreign factory workers with an English dictionary in hand. I just bought a cheap “hand-pressing flashlight” with these instructions:“This product is a new science and technology production and made with high and new science and technology. It can illuminate only placing it in rhythm.No need any power. no envionmertal (sic) pollution. Low noise and health. Compaing with common torch. It can be several times on lift….Hand and brain coor dinate and promote your brain memory and health composition.”

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