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10 Reasons Grammar Nazis Are Truly Amazing Friends

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10 Reasons Grammar Nazis Are Truly Amazing Friends

1. They will remind you that the little red line on your phone is actually a misspelled word.

You didn’t know how to spell it, auto correct has no idea what you mean, but your grammar friendly friend will know exactly what that word was you were looking for. They are happy to oblige in giving you the right spelling but usually just continue so you aren’t offended.

2.They will help your texting to be top notch. After conversations with the Grammar Nazi what you’re texting will be understood, finally.

After a while of chatting with them you should be in rare form. Even if you’re doing it especially for them it helps your habits to have good grammar sometimes.

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3. They call us old fashioned but the more correct your grammar is the classier you are. And we all need some class in our lives.

The Grammar Nazi will bring that much needed element of class you were needing. A lady or a gentleman will have the best grammar possible. This means your friend is classy, who doesn’t enjoy living among those wine drinking, book reading, know-it-all treasures?

4. They will teach you more words than anyone, and how to use them.

A good Grammar Nazi corrects more than just what you write. Though they prefer the term “Syntax Wizard” in lieu of Nazi, these friends will teach you what a thesaurus is. They know the different between the words write and right. We all know their corrections are just what they’re good at. So we forgive them.

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5. They will always be there to edit any materials you need reviewed. They know how bad your grammar can get.

If you’re in school your nearest Syntax Wizard will help you with that paper you’re writing. You need a Grammar Nazi friend to review things for you. If you need to send messages or emails to anyone at work please, ask your friendly neighborhood Grammar Nazi.

6. They can not only keep you abreast of words from the urban dictionary, but the words from dead languages!

Who needs google translate when your friend knows the origin of every word you’ve heard of? Text them right now with a word. They will tell you how to use it. If they don’t know they will look it up for you, they take pride in it.

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7. They are needed by writers. No one publishes without an editor.

If you’ve ever published something you know that it has been edited. Someone who’s job it is to be a Grammar Nazi was helping you have better material published. An editor is a friend.

8. They love to vandalize things with you. Mostly those things are signs or posts that require editing.

Did your boss just post a ridiculous memo on the wall at work? Correcting his/her grammar is the funniest passive aggressive way to get a laugh. Who else would do that besides your grammar Nazi friend? The bravest, boldest grammar Nazis have even been known to correct a sign or two. Spray paint washes off right?

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9. They will always show you how to insult someone in the most creative way.

The best service a Grammar Nazi does for a friend is the way they give you the words to stand up for yourself. The pen is mightier than the sword. It can crumble the foundation or raise a city. A good proposal or well worded defense can be a gift your friend will be happy to give. They will always love to use their words first.

10. They’ve created more strange words with you than anyone else. Just use them correctly!

So many words have been created by the wordsmiths that call themselves Grammar Nazis. While mostly strict with syntax they know how to craft a goofy word that will put a smile on your face or give you a laugh.

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Last Updated on November 18, 2021

10 Proven Ways to Judge a Person’s Character

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10 Proven Ways to Judge a Person’s Character

We all fall into the trap of judging a person’s character by their appearance. How wrong we are! All too often, the real character of the person only appears when some negative event hits them or you. Then you may see a toxic person emerging from the ruins and it is often a shock.

A truly frightening example is revealed in the book by O’Toole in Bowman called Dangerous Instincts: How Gut Instincts Betray Us. A perfectly respectable, charming, well dressed neighbor was found to have installed a torture chamber in his garage where he was systematically abusing kidnapped women. This is an extreme example, but it does show how we can be totally deceived by a person’s physical appearance, manners and behavior.

So, what can you do? You want to be able to assess personal qualities when you come into contact with colleagues, fresh acquaintances and new friends who might even become lifelong partners. You want to know if they are:

  • honest
  • reliable
  • competent
  • kind and compassionate
  • capable of taking the blame
  • able to persevere
  • modest and humble
  • pacific and can control anger.

The secret is to reserve judgment and take your time. Observe them in certain situations; look at how they react. Listen to them talking, joking, laughing, explaining, complaining, blaming, praising, ranting, and preaching. Only then will you be able to judge their character. This is not foolproof, but if you follow the 10 ways below, you have a pretty good chance of not ending up in an abusive relationship.

1. Is anger a frequent occurrence?

All too often, angry reactions which may seem to be excessive are a sign that there are underlying issues. Do not think that every person who just snaps and throws his/her weight around mentally and physically is just reacting normally. Everyone has an occasional angry outburst when driving or when things go pear-shaped.

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But if this is almost a daily occurrence, then you need to discover why and maybe avoid that person. Too often, anger will escalate to violent and aggressive behavior. You do not want to be near someone who thinks violence can solve personal or global problems.

2. Can you witness acts of kindness?

How often do you see this person being kind and considerate? Do they give money to beggars, donate to charity, do voluntary work or in some simple way show that they are willing to share the planet with about 7 billion other people?

I was shocked when a guest of mine never showed any kindness to the weak and disadvantaged people in our town. She was ostensibly a religious person, but I began to doubt the sincerity of her beliefs.

“The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.”

Abigail Van Buren

3. How does this person take the blame?

Maybe you know that s/he is responsible for a screw-up in the office or even in not turning up on time for a date. Look at their reaction. If they start blaming other colleagues or the traffic, well, this is an indication that they are not willing to take responsibility for their mistakes.

4. Don’t use Facebook as an indicator.

You will be relieved to know that graphology (the study of that forgotten skill of handwriting) is no longer considered a reliable test of a person’s character. Neither is Facebook stalking, fortunately. A study showed that Facebook use of foul language, sexual innuendo and gossip were not reliable indicators of a candidate’s character or future performance in the workplace.

5. Read their emails.

Now a much better idea is to read the person’s emails. Studies show that the use of the following can indicate certain personality traits:

  • Too many exclamation points may reveal a sunny disposition
  • Frequent errors may indicate apathy
  • Use of smileys is the only way a person can smile at you
  • Use of the third person may reveal a certain formality
  • Too many question marks can show anger
  • Overuse of capital letters is regarded as shouting. They are a definite no-no in netiquette, yet a surprising number of  people still use them.

6. Watch out for the show offs.

Listen to people as they talk. How often do they mention their achievements, promotions, awards and successes? If this happens a lot, it is a sure indication that this person has an over-inflated view of his/her achievements. They are unlikely to be modest or show humility. What a pity!  Another person to avoid.

7. Look for evidence of perseverance.

A powerful indicator of grit and tenacity is when a person persists and never gives up when they really want to achieve a life goal. Look for evidence of them keeping going in spite of enormous difficulties.

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Great achievements by scientists and inventors all bear the hallmark of perseverance. We only have to think of Einstein, Edison (who failed thousands of times) and Nelson Mandela to get inspiration. The US Department of Education is in no doubt about how grit, tenacity and perseverance will be key success factors for youth in the 21st century.

8. Their empathy score is high.

Listen to how they talk about the less fortunate members of our society such as the poor, immigrants and the disabled. Do you notice that they talk in a compassionate way about these people? The fact that they even mention them is a strong indicator of empathy.

People with zero empathy will never talk about the disadvantaged. They will rarely ask you a question about a difficult time or relationship. They will usually steer the conversation back to themselves. These people have zero empathy and in extreme cases, they are psychopaths who never show any feelings towards their victims.

9. Learn how to be socially interactive.

We are social animals and this is what makes us so uniquely human. If a person is isolated or a loner, this may be a negative indicator of their character. You want to meet a person who knows about trust, honesty and loyalty. The only way to practice these great qualities is to actually interact socially. The great advantage is that you can share problems and celebrate success and joy together.

“One can acquire everything in solitude, except character.”

Stendhal

 10. Avoid toxic people.

These people are trying to control others and often are failing to come to terms with their own failures. Typical behavior and conversations may concern:

  • Envy or jealousy
  • Criticism of partners, colleagues and friends
  • Complaining about their own lack of success
  • Blaming others for their own bad luck or failure
  • Obsession with themselves and their problems

Listen to these people talk and you will quickly discover that you need to avoid them at all costs because their negativity will drag you down. In addition, as much as you would like to help them, you are not qualified to do so.

Now, having looked at some of the best ways to judge a person, what about yourself? How do others see you? Why not take Dr. Phil’s quiz and find out. Can you bear it?

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