The other day I posted this as my status message on Facebook:
Your PSA for today: Hearty ≠ hardy. A meal is hearty. A plant is hardy.
You can bet that I had a motive for posting that. Someone somewhere on the internet WAS WRONG! posted about hearty plants.
While I was reading a novel yesterday, I came across the phrase "...to staunch the flow of blood." Granted, this was a galley, or advance reader's copy, which I'd gotten at work. Galleys are generally uncorrected proofs. But still, it made me want to do another PSA (sorry, public service announcement) on my Facebook status saying that staunch ≠ stanch.
Yeah. I'm that person. I'm the one who cringes when you say you're chomping at the bit.
And yet, as I get older, I'm more reluctant to correct people's grammar, spelling, or vocabulary online*. Mostly, I don't want to be an asshole.
These types of errors do raise my blood pressure a bit, I'll admit. This afternoon I read a blog comment in which the poster stated that the post he was commenting on was "ludacris." I had to wipe my keyboard before my tears shorted it out.
OK, so I'm exaggerating, but just a little. Words have meaning, and they have spelling. And that's why hearty does not equal hardy, and champing does not equal chomping, and Ludacris is a rap singer who might be ludicrous to you and me. (Yes, you and me, not you and I.)
*If someone wants me to proofread their his or her (thanks, Margaret!) writing, I will point out errors without a second thought.