Can't Get An Online Date? Fix Your Grammar!

Sad face emoji for bad grammar.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

The key to your love’s heart isn’t your gorgeous smile or even your delicious home cooking—it’s your spelling and grammar. Online daters are complaining that glaring grammatical and spelling errors (like misusing there, their and they’re or two, to and too) can stop love in its tracks.

One dater told the Wall Street Journal that his date flopped when she confirmed, “I will see you their” about meeting up. We're guessing she will never see him there again.

In the age of 140-character tweets and emoji, people often forget the fundamentals from grade school and it’s killing their personal life. John McWhorter, a linguistics professor at Columbia University, calls this phenomenon “grammar snobbery” and says “disparaging people’s grammar” is a form of modern prejudice. In other words, profiles and messages that aren’t proofread will likely get the boot. When asked more than 5,000 singles what criteria they used most in assessing future dates, 96% of women valued personal hygiene most—because, duh—as compared to 91% of men. Interestingly, 88% of women and 75% of men said they cared about grammar over a potential date’s confidence and teeth.

So, next time you log on looking for love, run spell check.


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