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Desi Startup Co-Founder Mocks Poor English On LinkedIn & People Give Him A Lesson Instead

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Just like how Ross on Friends always raises his concern when Rachel or other friends speak wrong English or make grammatical errors, there are many ‘Grammar Nazis’ who don’t take a moment before criticising others. 

Globally, most of the population speaks English to explain their perspectives and ideas, but it’s often forgotten that English is not the official international mother tongue and that it’s not mandatory for everyone to be an expert in it. 

It has got nothing to do with intelligence, and not knowing every bit about the widely-spoken language is sometimes acceptable. 

© Netflix

However, some Sesquipedalians make sure to point out mistakes when the language is spoken incorrectly. While it’s okay to give an opinion when asked, it’s not a great idea to ‘school’ others unless required. 

The latest example of an English-stickler is that of Minimalist co-founder, whose name also went in Forbes 30 Under 30, Sahil Vaidya.

© LinkedIn/Sahil Vaidya

Sahil took to Linkedin and wrote, “When someone says “Your screen is getting stucked, I cant able to see it”, you wonder what to fix first: the screen or their grammar.”

Take a look.

© LinkedIn/Sahil Vaidya

Even though it was meant to be a joke, the co-founder received a lot of backlash. 

Users on Linkedin and even on Twitter were quick to respond to his ‘classist joke’ and called him out for being privileged. 

The post looks like it was for someone whose English speaking skills are plausibly not up to the mark. However, letting the world know about it, in a mocking way, seemed like a bad idea, especially on a job-searching platform. 

This one post, attracted a countless number of responses, with people pointing out Vaidya’s attitude. Some went as far as to point out mistakes in his post itself.

© LinkedIn/Sahil Vaidya

No doubt, his comment received a lot of ire. Arti Gupta, the co-founder of Stylenook asked him to ‘fix his judgement’ while pointing errors. 

She mentioned, “Jokes apart – it’s easy to poke fun at other people’s grammar. I would understand if this were a remark about a marketing tagline, but it is a jibe at someone trying to do their job and communicating clearly. As long as communication is lucid, in our time and age of a diverse and global economy, one is better off leaving judgment at the door.”

The post also made its way on Twitter and within no time, everyone started criticising Vaidya.

This guy got schooled on Linkedin and how!! pic.twitter.com/G57tRYBO68

— Sritika Dhar ♌ (@Sritika_) July 19, 2021

One user wrote, “It’s a subconscious subservience to colonialism and the western culture that is still residual in our psyche which automatically establishes an intelligence hierarchy through fluency of English or lack thereof. Unfortunately, none bats an eye if the vernacular grammar is wrong.” while another one said, “Looks like in his haste to be in the 30 under 30, he skipped some Grammar classes himself!” 

Take a look at the raging responses. 

The biggest grammatical mistake lies in the last part of sentence “the screen or their grammer” …it should be ” the screen or his grammar”… because ‘Someone’ is a Singular entity..not Plural

— devarshi shukla (@devarshi9283) July 21, 2021

I’ve been working with Spanish, Chinese, French, Danish colleagues (including top mgmt) and their grammar is not that great. But in this country, the prime metric to judge intelligence is the fluency and immaculate grammar.

— Vishal sharma (@Vishal_VS4) July 20, 2021

It’s a subconscious subservience to colonialism and the western culture that is still residual in our psyche which automatically establishes an intelligence hierarchy through fluency of English, or lack thereof. Unfortunately, none bats an eye if vernacular grammar is wrong.

— Anik Mukherjee (@anikmukherjee93) July 20, 2021

Looks like in his haste to be in the 30 under 30, he skipped some Grammar classes himself!

— Trupz (@trupz) July 20, 2021

Wrong takeaway. The point is, correcting someone’s grammar and English proficiency is a terrible way to be judgemental and lord it over someone, esp someone for whom English is a second language.

— somebody nobody and mad (@nefertitillated) July 20, 2021

These 30 under 30 and 40 under 40s are a total waste

— Sahil Sayed (@sahilsayed85) July 20, 2021

Some even thought Forbes 30 Under 30 was a joke…

This guy got schooled on Linkedin and how!! pic.twitter.com/G57tRYBO68

— Sritika Dhar ♌ (@Sritika_) July 19, 2021

While a few others were quick to make memes as well.

This guy got schooled on Linkedin and how!! pic.twitter.com/G57tRYBO68

— Sritika Dhar ♌ (@Sritika_) July 19, 2021

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