I have a tendency to correct people when they mispronounce words. It drives J crazy and he says it’s rude. I disagree and here’s why…
I used to work with a woman who pronounced the “s” in Illinois. It drove our boss crazy…but none of us ever wanted to say anything because we didn’t want to embarrass her. One day our boss lost her patience and corrected her…in front of a room full of people. It was far more embarrassing for her than if one of us had just pulled her aside privately and said something.
It’s not that I think I’m smarter than anyone else. Trust me…I make plenty of mistakes. However, I’d prefer that someone corrected me instead of allowing me to go make an ass out of myself.
But now J’s got me paranoid. I don’t want people to think I’m some rude jerk.
So I ask you…when is it ok to correct someone and when is it best to just shut your mouth and go along?