[Ed. – Variant of the tiresome ‘liberals are more cerebral than conservatives’ meme]
USA Today tried to start a squabble on the top of Wednesday’s front page with the headline “Grammar slammers: Dems crush GOP.” Paul Singer’s article began: “Yes, these are fighting words, but here goes: Republicans mangle the English language at twice the rate of Democrats.”
Here’s the interesting part: the ratings were calculated by measuring positive comments – and filtering the negative ones out. Then they took a random sample of comments, looking for errors like bad punctuation or misspellings:
According to a new study by the grammar-checking app Grammarly, supporters commenting on Democratic candidates’ Facebook pages made an average of 4.2 mistakes per 100 words compared to 8.7 mistakes for supporters of Republican candidates. The Democratic supporters also showed a larger vocabulary, using on average 300 unique words per 1,000 words, while Republicans used only 245.