Do you correct people when they make mistakes?


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Jann Nikka Profile
Jann Nikka answered

Yes, if its my name, on a government document and if its something very important. 

Call me Z Profile
Call me Z answered

Yes, if their mistake adversely affects my interests, risks common safety, or mocks general sanity. Otherwise no, live and let live.

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Tom  Jackson
Tom Jackson commented
Useful breakdown.
Call me Z
Call me Z commented
I'm not at all inclined to invite myself into other people's problems, as I see many others aren't either, but there are just times when "somebody's gotta SAY something!". I'm not afraid to be that guy. .
Zack -  Mr. GenXer Profile

People are suppose to be self-correcting when it comes to mistakes.

PJ Stein Profile
PJ Stein answered

Depends on who made the mistake and how big of a mistake it is. Say my mother-in-law mispronounces something, but I know what she is trying to say, no. I will let it slide. I was at the Lowe's the other day, and the cashier missed ringing up something. I knew it as soon as she said the total. She said the total was $13. The item she missed was $19. I of course said something, and had her ring up the missed item..

Didge Doo Profile
Didge Doo answered

Only if there's going to be a bad outcome. Most times it's better to let it pass. I remember one time when I was out cycling and this woman...

But, no, if I told that story I'd force Rooster to make a correction or two.

Virginia Lou Profile
Virginia Lou answered

Dear Roy Roy,

Almost never will I correct someone...and then only if they ask for my help.

Tom  Jackson Profile
Tom Jackson answered

It depends both on the nature of the mistake and my relationship to the person making the mistake.

If you don't have a clue what you are talking about, but still put it out for public consumption; You are fair game---just like a politician.

Label the same as your personal opinion and you can say pretty much whatever you want, but I might comment that I disagree with you.

If you write something at too low a grade level and with poor grammar, unless I have to sign it as no more than a witness, I will probably request changes.

If you are a close friend or relative and I think you are embarrassing yourself, I will try to explain why I think so to you at another time.

I think you may notice a hierarchy for my potential actions.....

Kidddas WG Profile
Kidddas WG answered


when co workers made mistake such as putting the drink cartridges or bibs in wrong, I show her how to change the drink cartridges and bibs

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