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16th Aug '17 10:52:56 AM ChronoLegion
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* Addressed in ''Series/AdamRuinsEverything'' (of course), where he schools a schoolteacher on those "sacred rules" she holds so dear. As he demonstrates, many famous British and American writers have been known to use what is now considered incorrect English. Even the usage of "literally" to mean "figuratively" goes back quite a long time.
16th Aug '17 10:49:41 AM ChronoLegion
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* After losing his job as a police consultant, Series/{{Monk}} applies for work to a magazine. While waiting, he picks up one of their past issues and proofreads it in his spare time. Then he shows it to his interviewer. He gets the job, although one of his corrections is no longer valid. The word "decimate" may have started out as "reduce by 1/10th", it's far wider usage of "destroy completely" has officially been entered into dictionaries as the second meaning.
16th Aug '17 10:35:54 AM ChronoLegion
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* A non-comedic example in ''Film/FindingForrester'', where Jamal shows up an English professor in front of the class by correcting his usage of "farther" (measure of distance) to "further" (a wider usage). The professor gets him back for this.
7th Aug '17 11:00:03 AM magmablock
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*** This becomes a BrickJoke in Season 5 when a Night's Watch member makes the same error and he corrects him again.

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*** This becomes a BrickJoke in Season 5 when a Night's Watch member makes the same error and he corrects him again.him, and again when Davos corrects Jon Snow in Season 7.
28th Jul '17 9:12:44 PM Jeduthun
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If a character insists on using impeccable grammar in conversation, it's equal parts this trope, RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic, and SpockSpeak.
22nd Jul '17 9:56:47 PM DarkHunter
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* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': Strong Bad would often correct people's grammar in the e-mails he received. He could get rather creative with it: "Y-O-U-R. Y-O-U-apostrophe-R-E. They're as different as night and day! Don't you think that night and day are different? What's wrong with you?"
21st Jun '17 7:33:13 PM TheCuza
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* Ross Scott was invaded by these over the title of his review show ''WebVideo/RosssGameDungeon'', with complaints that there should not be an S after the apostrophe. His response is as follows:
-->'''Ross:''' Well, let me tell you, Grammar Nazis; the Grammar SS would have had you sent to the Grammar Russian Front for overstepping your authority! I've had this my whole life. It's '''''Ross's Game Dungeon'''''. Not '''''Ross'''' Game Dungeon''. Because that sounds sort of like what a caveman would say. But, moreover, it's the possessive form of a ''proper name''. ''The Chicago Manual of Style'' and ''The New York Public Library Guide to Style'' agree with me. I'm really ''not'' a grammar expert, but I do know this '''''one''''' particular rule. See, this is why the Grammar Nazis lost Grammar World War II.

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* Ross Scott was invaded by these over the title of his review show ''WebVideo/RosssGameDungeon'', with complaints that there should not be an S "s" after the apostrophe. His response is as follows:
-->'''Ross:''' Well, let me tell you, Grammar Nazis;
on [[Quotes/GrammarNazi the Grammar SS would have had you sent to the Grammar Russian Front for overstepping your authority! I've had this my whole life. It's '''''Ross's Game Dungeon'''''. Not '''''Ross'''' Game Dungeon''. Because that sounds sort of like what a caveman would say. But, moreover, it's the possessive form of a ''proper name''. ''The Chicago Manual of Style'' and ''The New York Public Library Guide to Style'' agree with me. I'm really ''not'' a grammar expert, but I do know this '''''one''''' particular rule. See, this is why the Grammar Nazis lost Grammar World War II.Quotes page]].
31st May '17 2:52:03 PM Josef5678
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* The bookish and {{adorkable}} Twilight Sparkle in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has shades of this occasionally. In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E24MysteryOnTheFriendshipExpress "MMMystery on the Friendship Express"]] she tries to correct Pinkie Pie talking about a mystery as a "whodunnit" to "who did it", but this only makes Pinkie worse ("who did done dood it").
** Note that Pinkie ''was'' correct in using "[[https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/whodunnit whodunnit/whodunit]]" which means a mystery or detective story, but its [[FridgeLogic accuracy in that situation depends on whether]] [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall she was aware she was in a fictional story]].

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* The bookish and {{adorkable}} Twilight Sparkle in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has shades of this occasionally. In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E24MysteryOnTheFriendshipExpress "MMMystery on the Friendship Express"]] she tries to correct Pinkie Pie talking about a mystery as a "whodunnit" to "who did it", but this only makes Pinkie worse ("who did done dood it").
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it").[[note]]Note that Pinkie ''was'' correct in using "[[https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/whodunnit whodunnit/whodunit]]" which means a mystery or detective story, but its [[FridgeLogic accuracy in that situation depends on whether]] [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall she was aware she was in a fictional story]].[[/note]]
28th May '17 4:11:03 PM Sonofstranger
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** Note that Pinkie ''was'' correct in using "[[https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/whodunnit whodunnit/whodunit]]" which means a mystery or detective story, but its [[FridgeLogic accuracy in that situation depends on whether]] [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall she was aware she was in a fictional story]].
25th May '17 5:53:56 PM dmcreif
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* ''Series/TheWire'':
** Judge Phelan admonishes Jimmy [=McNulty=] for a report plagued with grammatical mistakes. This is justified, as an official document should be written properly, and also because judges are notorious for being very picky about grammatical errors and other solecisms. The complaint reflects more on [=McNulty=]'s dissipated ways.
** In the pilot, Rawls insists that [=McNulty's=] punishment report be written in a certain format with no spelling mistakes. And be sure to use those little dots. The deputy likes dots. When Jimmy relates his task to his Sergeant, Jay Landsman doesn't give a shit about it.
--->'''Landsman:''' Fuck you and your dots.
** After reading the Major Crimes Unit detail's DoorStopper of a report requesting phone surveillance on the Barksdale gang, Rhonda Pearlman comments, "You guys can't spell for shit."
** Being a grammar watchdog is part of the job description of Gus Haynes, the City editor for ''The Baltimore Sun''. In one of his first scenes, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeYwa-DCiWk Gus schools Alma Gutierrez]], a rookie journo, on the usage of "to evacuate". Buildings are evacuated, not people, unless you mean the person is getting an enema. Series creator David Simon was chastised in a similar way [[http://www.vulture.com/2008/01/the_wire_copyediting_scandal_d.html back in the day, but Alma is not entirely incorrect]].
*** Gets a BrickJoke in "Clarifications" when [=McNulty=] and Christeson are looking at a body:
-->'''Christeson:''' This fucking guy stinks.
-->'''Jimmy [=McNulty=]:''' Looks like he evacuated.
-->'''Christeson:''' What? He left and he came back?
-->'''Jimmy [=McNulty=]:''' No, he shit himself.
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