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Does a typo or grammar mistake really annoy you?

May 12, 2016

Are you unable to resist making judgments about the person who makes a grammar mistake?

Ah, wait till you hear about some interesting new research from the University of Michigan.

It gives us some insight into the personality of the critic.

Robin Queen is professor and chair of the Linguistics Department at the University of Michigan and co-author of the new study along with Julie E. Boland, professor of psychology and linguistics. 

It's the first of its kind to prove that someone's personality can affect the way he or she interprets language. 

Queen outlines key findings from the study here. 

The team found that extroverted people are least bothered by typos and grammar mistakes (aka grammos). Introverted people are more bothered by both.

In addition, less agreeable people are more sensitive to grammar errors, while more conscientious and less open people are sensitive to typos.

Now, what the team didn't actually test or find is anything about how likely it would be that someone might point these errors out to someone else. 

Robin Queen spoke with Stateside's Cynthia Canty. You can hear the full interview below.