As I've mentioned before, I get a bit peeved by bad speeling. I mean spelling. It's not that I'm not tolerant; I am. We all make mistakes, sometime we use the wrong version of its/it's or there/their/they're, but when something is glaringly obvious, especially in something that has been created for public display, I just find it inexcusable. How could you not get someone to check these things?
One of the latest was the prominent sign in a local department store advertising their massive merchandise "Clearence".
Seriously, how hard is it to say, "Hey Bob, I just wrote this. Will you look it over for me?" As a writer and editor in my day job, that's what I do.
When you're throwing together a blog post, the occasional indiscretion is fine. When you are doing something for a client, something that may be viewed by thousands of people, there's no excuse for not having a fresh set of eyes look at it.
It seems that it's not just a problem in the US; the Australian Labor Dept. is calling for the Treasurer of the Australian Parliament to be fired over a typo. Apparently the document on the Federal Government's industrial relations changes was released with a glaring error:
The document should say "wages will not fall", rather than "wages will now fall".That's a pretty big difference. Link
Another thing I've noticed lately is that people are using "should of". As in, "I should of done that." Regardless of how it sounds when you say it, it's "should have". (Although I will also accept "should've".)
Before I step down, I want to mention my new calendar. It's the Eats, Shoots & Leaves calendar (if you've not read this great book on punctuation, and consider yourself an aspiring writer, you really should). Friday, it had a great quote that I will offer up to anyone who may seek to criticize this post:
When sticklers point out illiterate mistakes, we are often aggressively instructed to "get a life" by people who, interestingly, display no evidence of having lives themselves.
I don't think I could of said it better myself.