Why do so many Dutch people look for the mistakes in what they say or write and complain about, instead of getting the positive things out?

For my feeling this has mainly to do with ‘ distraction ‘.
When I look at your mistakes and that illuminate, people don’t have time to take out my mistakes because all attention goes to you.This is not something people consciously do. In the beginning maybe, they run consciously away from themselves, but after a while it becomes autopilot.

Of course it’s also just a lot easier to be on shore as best drivers!Stood there, cried out! 😉

There is a big difference between complaining about a made mistake and correcting it.In speaking language it is also less important than in writing language. Fewer people will fall over the wrong use of a word in spoken language, and you cannot say anything about it in terms of spelling. Then it’s more in wrong grammar, using wrong expressions, etc.

But in writing language you can expect more comments.And rightly to my idea. Many people are annoyed when they are reminded of an error. It is also quite natural how someone raises that mistake. You always have ants ‘ in between that appoint each point and comma, but that is rare.

But people point out their bad spelling (or grammar if that’s really lousy), I don’t actually see anything negative.If you keep your mouth out of ‘ politeness ‘, someone will never be aware of his mistakes and will not even learn to correct them. This is how the language begins to deterioration. And of course you can name a mistake and still go into the content.

Especially d/T errors are made very much.Considerably more in recent years. Especially in official documents, newspaper articles, letters from the municipality or other official bodies I really cannot find this.

The Dutch language is a beautiful language and it also includes correct spelling and grammar.It makes it a lot harder to focus on the content of a story when it is full of stupid mistakes. It is not a lack of interest in that content or the sake of ‘ peace ‘ but to keep your mouth on these mistakes. Sometimes I correct people and sometimes not. That is very much in the context, what someone says and where it is written. And I too will make a mistake. Then I am grateful that someone points me to that.

A widely used argument against the so-called ‘ language Nazis ‘ as people who correct others in language use are often called, is that someone is dyslexic or ‘ it’s all about the content? ‘ or ‘ language changes once ‘ (I can personally laugh very hard).These are of course no arguments. Undoubtedly there will be people really dyslexic, but sometimes it seems as if half the Netherlands suffers from this condition.

But well, I am a lover of language and etymology.And for a lover, language mistakes are really a thorn in the eye.

We have it so well in the Netherlands, that your head, as in many other areas of the world, is not busy with finding the first necessities throughout the whole of the day.Such as safety, shelter, food, drink, prestige, etc.

We can hardly believe that.There MUST be something wrong. And once you’re focused on it, you ‘ll always find some.And you are going to complain about that. (Ha, I’ve found some, you see….)

Look around you, examples I don’t need to give, you see them so.

Mens own…

Complaining has been in the blood for centuries, and not only Dutch people do that, even many migrants learn that very quickly if it is not so much about language use as it is in the way they are treated.Why did they come? If it is so much better in the country of origin then go back.

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