Wednesday, July 07, 2004

That's a tough one

Could you date someone with poor grammar?
I've been dating a wonderful, warm, caring man for five months. He has many positive qualities, enjoying cultural arts and dancing as much as I do. I care a lot about him. The problem is his poor grammar.

11 Comments:

At 8:07 PM, July 07, 2004, Blogger Phillip Blanchard said...

As always with such columns, I'd like a copy of the original letter, please.

 
At 9:17 PM, July 07, 2004, Blogger Phillip Blanchard said...

As usual with such columnists, I'd like to see the original letter.

 
At 12:49 AM, July 08, 2004, Blogger Peter Fisk said...

I might be able to accept bad grammar, but if a woman enjoyed non-cultural arts, that would be a deal-breaker.

 
At 11:59 AM, July 08, 2004, Blogger Nicole said...

Phil: Do you suppose she suffered from bad grammar herself? Or do you suppose fraud?

Peter: What's included in the non-cultural arts?

 
At 12:27 PM, July 08, 2004, Blogger Peter Fisk said...

>>Peter: What's included in the non-cultural arts?<<

I dunno. I'm guessing maybe it's stuff like those 10-second Headline News stories about elephants and chimps painting pictures for charity.

 
At 2:12 PM, July 08, 2004, Blogger Michael said...

Assuming the letter is real, I'd like to track this man down and tell him to run away, fast. A woman who wants to pick apart your grammar when you're dating will not ever get easier to live with.

 
At 2:18 PM, July 08, 2004, Blogger Nicole said...

Yeah, but I do see the point. Consistently terrible grammar is grating, just like public teeth sucking, nose picking and belching.

 
At 3:33 PM, July 08, 2004, Blogger Phillip Blanchard said...

Call me cynical, but I assume that most such letters are fiction unless otherwise is shown.
Columnists who use letters or e-mail from readers should be required to submit the original queries when they turn in their work.

 
At 4:06 PM, July 08, 2004, Blogger Nicole said...

Phil, I think that's an excellent policy. Does anyone follow it that you know of?

 
At 4:09 PM, July 08, 2004, Blogger Darrick said...

I have to agree with Michael.

It can be somewhat grating, but if the guy is otherwise wonderful and the woman complains about that, then the woman is just looking for something to complain about.

I also agree with Phil, though. Many of these inquiries seem pretty contrived.

 
At 9:10 PM, July 08, 2004, Blogger Phillip Blanchard said...

I've never seen such a policy in force, but I wouldn't be surprised if there's someone somewhere smart enough to insist on it.

 

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