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10 Reasons Grammar Nazis Are Truly Amazing Friends

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 February 21, 2019

The Secret to Effective Conflict Resolution: The IBR Approach

The Secret to Effective Conflict Resolution: The IBR Approach

In business, in social relationships, in family… In whatever context conflict is always inevitable, especially when you are in the leader role. This role equals “make decisions for the best of majority” and the remaining are not amused. Conflicts arise.

Conflicts arise when we want to push for a better quality work but some members want to take a break from work.

Conflicts arise when we as citizens want more recreational facilities but the Government has to balance the needs to maintain tourism growth.

Conflicts are literally everywhere.

Avoiding Conflicts a No-No and Resolving Conflicts a Win-Win

Avoiding conflicts seem to be a viable option for us. The cruel fact is, it isn’t. Conflicts won’t walk away by themselves. They will, instead, escalate and haunt you back even more when we finally realize that’s no way we can let it be.

Moreover, avoiding conflicts will eventually intensify the misunderstanding among the involved parties. And the misunderstanding severely hinders open communication which later on the parties tend to keep things secret. This is obviously detrimental to teamwork.

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Some may view conflicts as the last step before arguments. And they thus leave it aside as if they never happen. This is not true.

Conflicts are the intersect point between different individuals with different opinions. And this does not necessarily lead to argument.

Instead, proper handling of conflicts can actually result in a win-win situation – both parties are pleased and allies are gained. A better understanding between each other and future conflicts are less likely to happen.

The IBR Approach to Resolve Conflicts

Here, we introduce to you an effective approach to resolve conflicts – the Interest-Based Relational (IBR) approach. The IBR approach was developed by Roger Fisher and William Ury in their 1981 book Getting to Yes. It stresses the importance of the separation between people and their emotions from the problem. Another focus of the approach is to build mutual understanding and respect as they strengthen bonds among parties and can ultimately help resolve conflicts in a harmonious way. The approach suggests a 6-step procedure for conflict resolution:

Step 1: Prioritize Good Relationships

How? Before addressing the problem or even starting the discussion, make it clear the conflict can result in a mutual trouble and through subsequent respectful negotiation the conflict can be resolved peacefully. And that brings the best outcome to the whole team by working together.

Why? It is easy to overlook own cause of the conflict and point the finger to the members with different opinions. With such a mindset, it is likely to blame rather than to listen to the others and fail to acknowledge the problem completely. Such a discussion manner will undermine the good relationships among the members and aggravate the problem.

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Example: Before discussion, stress that the problem is never one’s complete fault. Everyone is responsible for it. Then, it is important to point out our own involvement in the problem and state clearly we are here to listen to everyone’s opinions rather than accusing others.

Step 2: People Are NOT the Cause of Problem

How? State clearly the problem is never one-sided. Collaborative effort is needed. More importantly, note the problem should not be taken personally. We are not making accusations on persons but addressing the problem itself.

Why? Once things taken personally, everything will go out of control. People will become irrational and neglect others’ opinions. We are then unable to address the problem properly because we cannot grasp a fuller and clearer picture of the problem due to presumption.

Example: In spite of the confronting opinions, we have to emphasize that the problem is not a result of the persons but probably the different perspectives to view it. So, if we try to look at the problem from the other’s perspective, we may understand why there are varied opinions.

Step 3: Listen From ALL Stances

How? Do NOT blame others. It is of utmost importance. Ask for everyone’s opinions. It is important to let everyone feel that they contribute to the discussion. Tell them their involvement is essential to solve the problem and their effort is very much appreciated.

Why? None wants to be ignored. If one feels neglected, it is very likely for he/she to be aggressive. It is definitely not what we hope to see in a discussion. Acknowledging and being acknowledged are equally important. So, make sure everyone has equal opportunity to express their views. Also, realizing their opinions are not neglected, they will be more receptive to other opinions.

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Example: A little trick can played here: Invite others to talk first. It is an easy way to let others feel involved and ,more importantly, know their voices are heard. Also, we can show that we are actively listening to them by giving direct eye-contact and nodding. One important to note is that never interrupt anyone. Always let them finish first beforeanother one begins.

Step 4: Listen Comes First, Talk Follows

How? Ensure everyone has listened to one another points of view. It can be done by taking turn to speak and leaving the discussion part at last. State once again the problem is nothing personal and no accusation should be made.

Why? By turn-taking, everyone can finish talking and voices of all sides can be heard indiscriminantly. This can promote willingness to listen to opposing opinions.

Example: We can prepare pieces of paper with different numbers written on them. Then, ask different members to pick one and talk according to the sequence of the number. After everyone’s finished, advise everyone to use “I” more than “You” in the discussion period to avoid others thinking that it is an accusation.

Step 5: Understand the Facts, Then Address the Problem

How? List out ALL the facts first. Ask everyone to tell what they know about the problems.

Why? Sometimes your facts are unknown to the others while they may know something we don’t. Missing out on these facts could possibly lead to inaccurate capture of the problem. Also, different known facts can lead to different perception of the matter. It also helps everyone better understand the problem and can eventually help reach a solution.

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Example: While everyone is expressing their own views, ask them to write down everything they know that is true to the problem. As soon as everyone has finished, all facts can be noted and everyone’s understanding of the problem is raised.

Step 6: Solve the Problem Together

How? Knowing what everyone’s thinking, it is now time to resolve the conflict. Up to this point, everyone should have understood the problem better. So, it is everyone’s time to suggest some solutions. It is important not to have one giving all the solutions.

Why? Having everyone suggesting their solutions is important as they will not feel excluded and their opinions are considered. Besides, it may also generate more solutions that can better resolve the conflicts. Everyone will more likely be satisfied with the result.

Example: After discussion, ask all members to suggest any possible solutions and stress that all solutions are welcomed. State clearly that we are looking for the best outcomes for everyone’s sake rather than battling to win over one another. Then, evaluate all the solutions and pick the one that is in favor of everyone.

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