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Posted by Robin Abrahams  June 16, 2013 10:46 AM

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... is online here. The first question is about correcting other people's language mistakes:

It's rude to correct a person's grammar when he or she is speaking, because in order to do that you have to interrupt your friend's hilarious or heartbreaking story in order to pontificate about faux Latinisms. Obviously only an unmitigated jerk would do something like that. Correcting pronunciation can be done with a single word, and thus is acceptable in certain circumstances (for example, if you know the mispronouncer would welcome the help or if it's your own name that's being mispronounced). Correcting written spelling or punctuation, though, doesn't puncture the moment.
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