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Careful choice of words can effect this effect, which will affect the affect of your reader.
"The best way to get a question answered online is to post an
incorrect answer to that question."
— Gene Spafford
"Ask a question and you may not get an answer. Provide a Decribe Correction Bait here.
wrong answer, however, and see as twelve corrections are thrown at you."
Correction Bait, a sister to Flame Bait
and Snark Bait
, lures you by the urge of correcting something wrong from your inner mind, and draws attention from the people by this progress.
You don't know why it's so wrong. Maybe they did not do the research, and suffered from Critical Research Failure
. Maybe they knew it all along, but then decided to ignore it since They Just Didn't Care
. Maybe it's done deliberately
. Maybe they just want to lure you out. But whatever, you're annoyed by the wrongness, and now you can't stop your urge to correct it
This is a Truth in Television
, since somehow we all have different extents of Super OCD
to become perfect, and correct every mistake we find. And bad things are usually more memorable than normal ones, which may also have contributed to it. And oh well, did we tell you that correcting others provides a form of superiority?
A form of Schmuck Bait
. Sub Tropes include Grammar Nazi
, Stylistic Suck
, Edit War
, You Make Me Sic
, Fandom Berserk Button
. See also So Bad, It's Good
, The Internet Is Serious Business
, Accentuate the Negative
. Distracting Disambiguation
, Xylophone Gag
. Compare Super OCD
, The Perfectionist
, Flame Bait
and Snark Bait
. Contrast Bystander Syndrome
. May result in Hypocrite
, Lets See You Do Better
, "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer
, Aluminum Christmas Trees
It's also the very reason of This Very Wiki
to have Repair, Don't Respond
, as well as preventing Natter
and Flame Bait
Please only list in-universe examples here - some people may think every Real Life Correction Bait is intentionally done, which is not true. Also, no work is perfect - to an enough picky/smart audience, there's always something that can still be corrected, so it'll end up listing every work there.
- In the Batman story Slayride, Robin / Tim Drake is trapped in a car with the Joker on Christmas. He buys enough time to finish freeing himself by quoting the Marx Brothers, then deliberately misidentifying the source of the quote.
- In Now You See Me, Daniel tries to mimic Merritt's mentalism and makes a comically bad attempt at 'reading' their boss. Tressler is quick to tell him how off his guesses are - too bad he's being mined for his bank account security questions.
- In one episode of Open All Hours, Arkwright put up a sign with deliberately bad grammar in the hopes that people would come into the shop to correct it.
- In the Columbo episode "The Bye-Bye Sky High I.Q. Murder Case", Columbo constructs the contraption the killer used to make it sound like the murder happened while he was outside the room. However, Columbo deliberately put an error into the contraption, knowing the murderer wouldn't be able to resist correcting it.
- Discussed in the The Big Bang Theory episode "The Hawking Execution".
Penny: I know what it means. And yes, you love correcting people and putting them down.
Sheldon: Au contraire. When I correct people I am raising them up. You should know, I do it for you more than anyone.
Penny: Come on, you do it to feel superior. I see that twinkle in your eye when someone says who instead of whom or thinks the moon is a planet.
: Or Don Quixote
is a book about a donkey named Hotay.
Penny: See, there it is, there's that twinkle.
Sheldon: Well, I can't help it. That's an involuntary twinkle.
- In one episode of Sherlock, the title character gets a lot of information out of the victim's wife very quickly by voicing several incorrect assumptions about her husband. He explains to John that, while people are often reluctant to answer questions, they are almost always eager to correct a mistake.
- Hogan's Heroes had this as a way Hogan got information, he would say the wrong thing and be corrected with the right information, then change subjects before it was noticed. It was even lampshaded in one episode when a "German citizen" giving away classified SS orders turned out to be an Allied agent.
Spy: "Are you sure you've wormed enough information out of me Colonel Hogan?"
- In Blondie, Dagwood once noticed a bakery with a misspelled hand-lettered sign advertising something. He went in to correct it, and came out with food. The bakery owner indicated that he had intentionally done it, and it was bringing in a bunch of business.
- Beetle Bailey featured the same gag, with a misspelled "Dougnuts." After Beetle and Sarge leave with a bag of donuts (having stopped to report the error), the proprietor comments that the missing h brings in ever more business.
- The xkcd example on the trope image. Besides that, xkcd also has a comic showing Cueball baiting a Grammar Nazi into making a false correction. note
- One Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal comic involved a psychopath taking revenge on his old grammar teacher - he locked him in a cellar with a bomb and a cellphone, telling him that he will receive a text and the bomb will go off if he texts back. The text contained a grammar error...
- Invoked in a World of Warcraft-based webcomic which had someone asking a polite question in chat and getting abuse and stupidity in answer. Someone sent a private message saying he doesn't know the answer, but he knows how to get it. He answers the question with blatantly incorrect information, and is immediately corrected by the trolls.
- In an article on specific nerd archetypes, Seanbaby called out this particular breed and theorized that when they die, "they go to a hell where their mouth is taped shut for eternity next to people who keep saying that Carl Weathers was in Star Wars."
- In one episode of Retsupurae, slowbeef makes a joke about the laziness of Pokemon's animators, saying "They players won't care; they spent their 100 yen!" Later, when Proteus jokes that Kabuto is that "Japanese theater with the face paint 'n shit," he then immediately follows up by preemptively cursing out the people rushing to comment that he's talking about kabuki. slowbeef then says that it's probably the same person who's about to post "you know slowbeef, 100 yen is not a lot of money." "100 yen is not a lot of money" immediately became the "Well, actually..." of the Retsupurae fandom.
- In an episode of The Simpsons, this is Lisa's reaction when Bart describes Zorro as a history lesson come to life when they go to see a film about it.
I can't take it anymore! It's spelled "Describe"! How could you forget the freaking "s"?