Most of them?
I hate to break it to ya, but I think secretly, deep down inside us, we are smug, and we believe we are lightyears away better than you. In the language only, that is. Not referring to having better hair, sports or giving/receiving blowjobs in a speeding vehicle.
It may be just me, but, here's a litmus test to all English teachers (in a country where English is a second language).
- When listening to someone speaking English e.g. speech, church sermons, do you listen to their language or speech content? And when they are better than you expected, do you lean in to listen for grammatically wrong sentences and wrong pronunciations?
- Do you have the incontrollable urge to correct people's grammar/pronunciation when they talk, just like how you'd do for your students?
- Do you secretly feel superior speaking English in public, especially when the salesgirl at a high end boutique didn't bother to assist you initially for wearing shorts and toilet flip flops, until you open your mouth?
If you answer YES for more than two questions, you have Anglo God Complex.
It's the feeling of superiority due to your ability to converse well in English in a society where it is a second language.
And I just made that up. See, you almost believed me.
We're not saying we're good, or that we're perfect. We're just saying we are better than you.
And we are willing to help you to improve your proficiency.
That's when we become Grammar Nazis.
No, I didn't just make that up. Now you won't believe me.
According to Urbandictionary.com, a Grammar Nazi is someone who believes it's their duty to attempt to correct any grammar and/or spelling mistakes they observe.
As if it isn't bad enough that we studied English for more than half a decade AND become teachers.
It's of course what we need to do at work, but it can become a bad habit outside school.
We become a douchebag for constantly correcting other people's grammar/pronunciation, and we missed out on great speeches/sermons just because we were waiting for them to linguistically screw up. And we can scoff at them for acting like they are so good.
It's a blessing and a curse.
Social networking sites like Facebook is currently the best executioning ground for grammar nazis. Most of the time, we'll just be polite and laugh at their mistakes, which takes every ounce of us to fight the urge to fix their spellings because it hurts, oh my gawd it hurts, why has nobody notice this?! Then we move on to The Sims Social.
But sometimes, we just can't help ourselves.
First it starts within our family circle.
|Which is an irony as I typo'd. See, not perfect. Just better.|
Then with friends.
Then somebody's engagement cake.
But of course, I successfully restrained myself.
So yeah. I'm not generalising and saying that ALL English teachers have said superiority complex - it could just be me alone.
Albeit under control and will still be invited to weddings and social events, without running the risk of causing a linguistic holocaust.
But if you are the same like me, do let me know you exist.
The Internet is ours to troll.