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Yes, these are fighting words, but here goes: Republicans mangle the English language at twice the rate of Democrats.

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.

The trend is starker when broken out by candidate: The five Democratic candidates — Lincoln Chafee, Jim Webb, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley and Hillary Clinton — all get better Facebook grammar scores (in that order) than every Republican except Carly Fiorina, whose supporters posted the best grammar scores of any GOP candidate, tying her with Clinton.

Of the entire field, Chafee supporters are most grammatical (while also being rarest), making 3.1 errors per hundred words. Trump supporters are far more numerous but most grammatically challenged, racking up 12.6 boo-boos per hundred words. Fiorina and Clinton meet in the middle at 6.3.

Since we expect people to bellyache about this study, here’s how Grammarly explained their methodology:

We began by taking a large sample of Facebook comments containing at least fifteen words from each candidate’s official page between April, 2015 and August, 2015. Next, we created a set of guidelines to help limit (as much as possible) the subjectivity of categorizing the comments as positive or negative. Since the point of the study was to analyze the writing of each candidate’s supporters, we considered only obviously positive or neutral comments. Obviously negative or critical comments, as well as ambiguous or borderline negative comments, were disqualified.

We then randomly selected at least 180 of these positive and neutral comments (~6,000 words) to analyze for each candidate. Using Grammarly, we identified the errors in the comments, which were then verified and tallied by a team of live proofreaders. For the purposes of this study, we counted only black-and-white mistakes such as misspellings, wrong and missing punctuation, misused or missing words, and subject-verb disagreement. We ignored stylistic variations such as the use of common slang words, serial comma usage, and the use of numerals instead of spelled-out numbers.

Finally, we calculated the average number of mistakes per one hundred words by dividing the total word count of the comments by the total number of mistakes for each candidate.

So — feel free to complain about the results, but please do so with proper grammar.

Here are the full rankings.


You will have to go to the article for the full list and see where your political peer group ranks.
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You know who else is good with grammer?

Nazi.

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You know who else is good with grammer grammar?

Nazi.



Are you trying to indicate you are a Trump supporter?
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I haven't been to any candidate's FB pages. Are the comments typically from supporters? Or do people go there to disagree as well? If the latter, then the study may show the opposite.

It's kind of funny that conservatives are typically told that grammar doesn't matter by liberals and everyone should be free to express themselves how they want.
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qzhdad wrote:
I haven't been to any candidate's FB pages. Are the comments typically from supporters? Or do people go there to disagree as well? If the latter, then the study may show the opposite.

It's kind of funny that conservatives are typically told that grammar doesn't matter by liberals and everyone should be free to express themselves how they want.


They only looked at positive or neutral comments for this study:

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We began by taking a large sample of Facebook comments containing at least fifteen words from each candidate’s official page between April, 2015 and August, 2015. Next, we created a set of guidelines to help limit (as much as possible) the subjectivity of categorizing the comments as positive or negative. Since the point of the study was to analyze the writing of each candidate’s supporters, we considered only obviously positive or neutral comments. Obviously negative or critical comments, as well as ambiguous or borderline negative comments, were disqualified.


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You know who else is good with grammer grammar?

Nazi.



Are you trying to indicate you are a Trump supporter?


Nope, just setting a trap for nazis. Nazi.
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qzhdad wrote:
It's kind of funny that conservatives are typically told that grammar doesn't matter by liberals and everyone should be free to express themselves how they want.


Who says this ... ? I can think of that argument being made in reference to art and literature, like "The Sound and the Fury" which is written in a non-grammatical style to reflect the intelligence levels and thought/speech patterns of the protagonists, but otherwise ... ???
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We've had discussion here about the importance of spelling and grammar. My recollection was that it broke pretty much along conservative/liberal lines.

IIRC, some of them started with discussions about profanity.

I also think that the education profession is fairly liberal and grading for spelling and grammar is gone in favor of letting kids freely express themselves. I remember talking to my kids AP English teacher at teacher's conference last year and I asked him when they covered grammatical rules. The answer was that it's only picked up (or not) incidentally, now.

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We get it.

All conservatives are morons and all liberals are smart.

Onto the next thread...
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BimmyJim wrote:
We get it.

All conservatives are morons and all liberals are smart.

Onto the next thread...


Only liberals get it.
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BimmyJim wrote:
We get it.

All conservatives are morons and all liberals are smart.

Onto the next thread...


Only liberals get it.


And you - a self-righteous liberal - criticize republicans for being arrogant assholes...

Hypocrite.
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BimmyJim wrote:
rinelk wrote:
BimmyJim wrote:
We get it.

All conservatives are morons and all liberals are smart.

Onto the next thread...


Only liberals get it.


And you - a self-righteous liberal - criticize republicans for being arrogant assholes...

Hypocrite.


Uh, I think he was being sarcastic...
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Shampoo4you wrote:
BimmyJim wrote:
rinelk wrote:
BimmyJim wrote:
We get it.

All conservatives are morons and all liberals are smart.

Onto the next thread...


Only liberals get it.


And you - a self-righteous liberal - criticize republicans for being arrogant assholes...

Hypocrite.


Uh, I think he was being sarcastic...


You are a slightly overgrown Siamese disease-ridden pustulated monstrosity.

You're an even bigger bigot hypocrite.
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Shampoo4you wrote:
BimmyJim wrote:
rinelk wrote:
BimmyJim wrote:
We get it.

All conservatives are morons and all liberals are smart.

Onto the next thread...


Only liberals get it.


And you - a self-righteous liberal - criticize republicans for being arrogant assholes...

Hypocrite.


Uh, I think he was being sarcastic...


It's okay--<whisper>he's a conservative.</whisper>
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rinelk wrote:
Shampoo4you wrote:
BimmyJim wrote:
rinelk wrote:
BimmyJim wrote:
We get it.

All conservatives are morons and all liberals are smart.

Onto the next thread...


Only liberals get it.


And you - a self-righteous liberal - criticize republicans for being arrogant assholes...

Hypocrite.


Uh, I think he was being sarcastic...


It's okay--<whisper>he's a conservative.</whisper>


Careful, it's on its way to becoming an offensive word.
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BimmyJim wrote:
rinelk wrote:
Shampoo4you wrote:
BimmyJim wrote:
rinelk wrote:
BimmyJim wrote:
We get it.

All conservatives are morons and all liberals are smart.

Onto the next thread...


Only liberals get it.


And you - a self-righteous liberal - criticize republicans for being arrogant assholes...

Hypocrite.


Uh, I think he was being sarcastic...


It's okay--<whisper>he's a conservative.</whisper>


Careful, it's on its way to becoming an offensive word.


You mean like liberal has been for the past 30 odd years?
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BimmyJim wrote:
rinelk wrote:
Shampoo4you wrote:
BimmyJim wrote:
rinelk wrote:
BimmyJim wrote:
We get it.

All conservatives are morons and all liberals are smart.

Onto the next thread...


Only liberals get it.


And you - a self-righteous liberal - criticize republicans for being arrogant assholes...

Hypocrite.


Uh, I think he was being sarcastic...


It's okay--<whisper>he's a conservative.</whisper>


Careful, it's on its way to becoming an offensive word.


*I* wouldn't want to be called it. QED.
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Those grammar "rules" are just invented by left-wing English professors, anyway.
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qzhdad wrote:
We've had discussion here about the importance of spelling and grammar. My recollection was that it broke pretty much along conservative/liberal lines.


For some of my views, I would suspect that I would be considered "liberal" by many, of not all, the right-wing posters here, and I'd certainly come down on the side of correct spelling and grammar. Such rules are communications protocols, there to ensure one can be effectively understood.
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