Do They Jump Out At You Too?
I’m not referring to anyone with a language disability at all.
When I see these errors they seem to just jump off the page and scream at me!
I’m not sure why these errors bother me so much but, they do.
I can understand and appreciate the fact that we’re not all gifted in the same skills or talents but get an editor or proofreader already!
Using his voice recognition (VR) program can create some pretty funny errors due to my lack of correct pronunciation. If I don’t proofread my document, VR could leave me completely embarrassed – or laughing!
How the one of the first to admit that the English language can be a bit tricky sometimes.
If English is not your native language I am certain that English can be mind boggling.
Then the department of education decided that the best practice would be to teach and allow invented spelling philosophies! Schoolteachers are turning over in their graves!
Homophones, Homonyms and Grammar – Oh My!
What are the three most common errors I see?
- There, their & they’re interchanged carelessly
- Than and then misused
- A and an neglected.
Obviously, the words don’t care, but is quite possible that your audience might. Wouldn’t you always want to make a good impression?
When I see one of these errors I just want to click in there and get it corrected.
I’ll also be the first to admit that I’m a bit of a protectionist and that it’s part of my educational background – I can’t help it!
Reasons Why It Matters…
Grammar, spelling & word usage matter because;
- You want to be clearly understood,
- You want to make a good impression,
- You don’t want to seem illiterate,
- Years from now, you don’t want to confuse the scientists and inter-planetarians trying to decipher the language! (I created a futuristic word)
I’d be happy to proofread your document, blog post or whatever…please opt in above and I’ll get right on it.
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