Study: The biggest sticklers for typos tend to be ‘jerks’

Study: The biggest sticklers for typos tend to be ‘jerks’

A new study points out that people who are sensitive to typos and grammatical errors aren’t that well liked.

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

We got an email this past week from the esteemed standard and practices editor here at NPR. Mark Memmott, could you please read it for us?

MARK MEMMOTT: Sure. The first thing to say is that it’s April Fools’ Day, not April Fool’s Day. And by that I mean put the apostrophe after the S.

SIMON: And so — I hope I always am careful — but there’s a study we got this week. And can I read it to you?

MEMMOTT: Please.

SIMON: A new study out at the University of Michigan. They had 83 people read emails that contained typos and/or grammatical errors. And they found that cranky people are more likely to notice misplaced modifiers and, indeed, apostrophes and think those kind of errors are important than, you know, maybe people with real lives do.

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