Planning to score a last-minute date this Valentine's Day? Pick-up artists take note: Poor grammar skills may undermine your otherwise killer moves.
After polling its Facebook followers recently, Grammarly, a provider of automated proofreading technology, found that many individuals are turned off by the prospect of a date who can't tell the difference between "their," "there" and "they're."
The company posted the following grammar gaffes on its page to learn which would be the most offensive if written on a bar napkin:
A. "UR my soul mate."
B. "Their isn't a doubt in my mind that we will spend the rest of our lives together."
C. "Its destiny that we met."
D. "Your beautiful."
In the end, the spelling mistake that provoked the most disgust by those polled was misusing the word "their" in option B. The line should have read "There isn't a doubt in my mind that we will spend the rest of our lives together."
Grammarly users aren't the only ones who've had poor syntax hinder their dating. In a recent essay for The New York Times' Modern Love column, author Jessie Ren Marshall confessed that her own inner editor almost prevented her from finding the love of her life.
"The handwriting was scrawled and the spelling was terrible. He cares, I thought, but not enough to proofread," Marshall wrote about her early courtship.
But in the end she decided that their bond was more important than her desire to read fewer typos.