Before the internet and smart phones existed, people just had to argue it out until somebody got tired of it, or it was time to go, but the argument never really got resolved. The hopelessly misinformed went along their merry, blissfully ignorant way, believing themselves to be right when in fact, they were dead wrong. The know-it-alls were left to ponder where they could get their hands on some proof of what they knew to be true, and how to bring up the subject again at some future time. It was frustrating.
Now, however, the proof is at your fingertips. In any disagreement you can simply whip out your phone, key in a few details and voila - instant factual corroboration. Like magic. The misinformed are now left humbled, speechless and feeling rather foolish as you bask in the victory of your superior knowledge.
Of course, some people find us know-it-alls annoying, though I can't think why? Here are some recent misconceptions that I was able to correct, and no one even thanked me.
- Kate Middleton is a Duchess, not a Princess.
- There never was a Ura Hogg. Ima Hogg did not have a sister, only brothers.
- If you are being pretentious, you are highfalutin, not high pollutin'.
- If you would rather stay home and skip the party, you are acting like a hermit, not a kermit.
- When you write, "he does not want to be apart of their group," you have pretty much said he does not want to be away from their group when what you meant was, he does not want to be in their group.
- The movie Funny Girl starring Barbra Streisand had a sequel called Funny Lady, which was released in 1975, also starring Barbra Streisand.
- People who correct your grammar are not Nazis. They are helpful friends who should be thanked.