July 17, 2013

Know who has awesome grammar? Ludacris.

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corrects celebrity tweets.
Also: Beyonce, Daddy Yankee and Jessica “Chicken of the Sea” Simpson.

Know who has terrible grammar? DJ Pauly D, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

At least when it comes to posts on Twitter. 

This information comes to me via automated proofreading company Grammarly, which compiled this Twitter grammar analysis exclusively for you, scholarly readers of The Fame Fatale blog.
Of the world’s most popular musicians, the A students in the good grammar club listed above have, on average, the most grammatically clean presence on Twitter, along with Kelly Rowland, and the members of One Direction, LMFAO, the Jonas Brothers, Coldplay and Maroon 5. (Adam Levine’s wedding invitations are sure to be spotless.)

Details? Sure! For every 100 words those people bestow unto us via the Twitterpipes, we see fewer than 6 mistakes, on average. In comparison, the most popular folks on Twitter in general–politicians, sports stars, actors–assault us with more than 12 mistakes per 100 words.

Here’s how the Twitter test worked: Grammarly pulled a sampling of the latest Tweets from the top 100 most popular musicians. The apparent takeaway: Beyonce and Daddy Yankee and Jessica Simpson care about you way too much to pollute your eyes with improper use of apostrophes.

That said, make way for the people who live for nothing more than spitting on the AP Stylebook.

The good grammarian
More than half of the words that fall out of Pauly D's thumbs on Twitter are violations of our fair English language. (Unless you prefer that all of your words begin with capital letters.)

Also on the D-minus list: Snoop Dogg (35.8 mistakes per 100 words); Ciara; J. Cole; Nicki Minaj; Justin Bieber; Jaden Smith; Jason Derulo and Larry Fisherman.

“Hip hop musicians make the most writing mistakes on Twitter–18.4 mistakes–followed by R&B artists at 15.4 mistakes,” a Grammarly person tells me. “Hip hop musicians also are the worst at grammar, with 14.3 mistakes per 100 words, followed by country musicians with 12.1 mistakes per 100 words.”

That’s right, people. Country folk can sang, but they don’t care less about y’all’s linguistic needs. (By the way: R&B and hip-hop artists do tend to use a lot of slang that doesn't quality as standard English, so it's not entirely fair to lump everyone in with caps-lock crazies like Pauly D. But it sure is fun.)

All that said, there’s something you should know before bringing down your hammer of judgment, even on Bieber: There’s a strong chance that many of these people aren’t doing their own Tweeting. Many celebrities pay other people to do their Tweeting for them; Britney Spears has done this, for example. 

So maybe Simpson keeps an AP Stylebook in her purse... or maybe her publicist does.

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  1. This article is very offensive. I ain't no egghead into no book learnin', but when R&B and Rap performers are the worst at using the English language, you have to go way down the list and make a jab at Country music artists, that is offensive. Why did you choose not to make a jape at the barely semi-literate R&B and Rap performers when they are clearly the worst offenders and most deserving of ridicule? And when is making up gibberish a reason to be excused by grammarians?

  2. The Dude a-DrawlsJuly 18, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Hi erstwhile Answer B*tch,

    What's up with Jeff Bridges's ridiculous vocal stylings in his two upcoming B-movie genre pics, RIPD (that awful-looking Men in Black knockoff) and Seventh Son (that awful-looking Lord of the Rings knockoff)? Is he breaking in a new set of nonstick dentures? Is he addicted to lozenges? Or has the Academy Award-winning actor completely lost it and gone Full-Community-Theater-"Character Actor"? (Never go Full-Community Theater-Character Actor.) Does he not have an on-set vocal coach to staunch the faux-Sam Waterston drawl and dime-store Ian McKellen impersonation?

    And another thing: What the hell is Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges doing in two SyFi-channel-grade B (minus) movies. Prepping for "Sharknado 2: The NickCagening"? Working to pay off a gambling debt? Coasting until Tron 3?

    I realize these questions are like Zen koans and may have no logical answers. What is the sound of Jeff's bridgework collapsing?

  3. I heart this question so much I am tattooing it on my eyeball.

  4. Nice read! I really like the information you shared. No one is a perfect writes as doing grammatical mistakes is common while writing. I often do grammatical mistakes and punctuation errors while writing articles. One of my friends owns a professional publishing company and he receives numerous submissions each year from writers who want to publish their content on web. He says that people usually don't understand the rules of grammar and punctuation, but that doesn't mean that others don't. They do, and they will spot the mistakes in a flash. There are some strict rules for grammar and punctuation, so you need to sharpen those skills before writing any content on web.

  5. No kidding! Or at least get a copy of a good stylebook and keep it handy, no?