Hide! The Typo People Are Coming!

Some guy who identifies himself in his signature file as an “English language coach” writes me to try to get the discount of my new Self-Fulfillment Series, but asks if he has to subscribe to all three of my other newsletters or just one for the discount. He said I had an “and” instead of an “and/or.”

I told him any one would do, but it was interesting that his email was punctuated incorrectly as an “English expert.” (It was ridiculous.) He went berserk. He sent 10 emails assailing my use of language and claiming that his clear errors were, in fact, correct.

I told him that my series couldn’t possibly help him, since it’s intended for people who want to create a better future, not defend an insufficient past.

May those trolling for typos and insisting on their own punctiliousness forever bring up the rear of the parade, where they belong.

© Alan Weiss 2014

 

PS: The four typos above are deliberate.

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5 Responses to Hide! The Typo People Are Coming!

  1. “…my (efforts) couldn’t possibly help him, since it’s intended for people who want to create a better future, not defend an insufficient past.”

    Love it! This should be added to ‘Alanisms’ or the collection of Alan’s Apothegms.

  2. alan weiss says:

    Thanks, Jeffrey. This guy still writes me four times a day telling me his mangled use of the language is correct.

    • Craig Martin says:

      Chortle. What a plonker!

      That he’s torturing himself daily with bitter resentment is proof enough that your views of personal growth and accountability are not going to help him.

      Although he needs it more than most!

  3. Your priggish friend isn’t taking things far enough. If Hugo’s Inspector Javert can spend his life pursuing Jean Valjean for stealing a loaf of bread, disseminating grammatically incorrect material across the entire world as you have done deserves nothing shy of a UN special session on the subject. Perhaps even sanctions. Four emails per day seems like light punishment under the circumstances.

  4. Alan Weiss says:

    Just when you think you’ve seen it all, an “English coach” who can’t use the language in writing and goes ballistic when you point that out. His website looks like it should provide Ginsu knives.

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