Upon receiving a letter signed by US President Donald Trump, a retired English teacher reviewed her grammar and published her corrections online, earning praise as "a hero" and contempt for "hypocritical and selfish."
Yvonne Mason, a 17-year-old English teacher who retired last year, has come into the limelight after posting a picture of the Trump-signed letter she received in March. It was an answer to her earlier letter asking Trump to meet in person with Parkland shooting relatives, who killed 17 people in February. Far from being excited that someone in the Trump administration was bothering to answer, Mason checked the letter for bugs and found up to eleven. This invalidates the stylistic decisions and the excessive use of the pronoun "I"
"It is stylistically appalling," Mason said, in conversation with Greenville News. However, in the center of Mason's complaints were the cases of what she considered to be cases of inappropriate capitalization of words such as . "" Nation, "federal" and "President" In her corrections written in the margin of the letter, she noted that words referring to the government only be capitalized if they are part of proper names.
Some commentators have quickly pointed out that the supposed "case errors" are actually in line with a style manual actually used by government officials.
"What you do not seem to realize, Mrs. Mason, is this President Trump's letter was written following the guidelines of the American Printing Office (GPO) Style Manual, which is available for purchase online." Patricia Pedigo wrote -Thin.
Trump is now known to take liberties with capitalization
While Mason was her typical teacher self in the letter Mason was about to assign a marker. Speaking to Greenville News, she said it would not score.
"If it had been written in middle school, I would give it C or C-plus, if it had been written in high school, I would do it." give it a D " she said.Such a hiring was not attractive to all.
" Such things make me grateful that you are a retired teacher " a commentator who said it was her Also a teacher, wrote "Every day I will endeavor not to come to my students as hypocritical and selfish, as you do in this letter."
The letter written by Trump, or, am Most likely by one of his numerous employees, describing a series of legislative initiatives submitted by his administration, but never comes up with the problem in the vicinity – the chance of him meeting with those affected by the Parkland shoot.
"It did not address the Letter I wrote: " Mason emphasized.
The fact that the White House decided to take the time to write to Mason may not be a coincidence, given the amount of mail that she sent them. Mason sends Trump a postcard every day saying she is her own way of contributing to democracy.
Mason says she is a dedicated advocate of "clear, concise writing" encouraging officials to use the plainlanguage.gov website. However, some of her critics argue that she only criticizes Trump for the cause.
While the Republican at the top may not have the reputation of a first-rate writer, there is at least one person in the GOP who has been able to meet Mason's high standards. She has praised Senator Lindsey Graham (South Carolina) for writing exquisite letters . Graham was one of the loudest Republican anti-Trump votes along with Senator John McCain (R-Arizona)
Since Mason posted the letter on Facebook on May 15, he has been divided nearly a hundred times led to a lively debate in the commentary, with commentators split into two camps. While many of Manson's belly applauded and they called a "hero" others pointed out that she had made a mistake herself as a self proclaimed linguist by writing "y & # 39; all" n Corrections.
"I stopped reading the & # 39; corrections & # 39; as soon as I saw you … How do you want to correct someone's grammar and punctuation while using wrong grammar yourself? ? " Mark Adams wrote and argued that the condensing nature of Manson's remarks showed that she obviously did not care about the original problem she was supposed to address. "
" Greetings & # 39; At least we've learned how to make her corrections. Another user turned on.
Most of the critical comments were quickly separated from their enthusiastic followers due to bad grammar.
Manson himself seemed to admit this. The opinion about using capital letters may not be the only correct one but she says she does not care.
"I have nothing against civil disagreements. Several style manuals agree with my assessment, so I feel a bit unperturbed. Note that my beef is with mechanics. I did not even start with style " she wrote.