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.