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Sunday, November 22, 2009

In a former life--younger years--I was a journalism major in College. What I liked best was proof reading, which is looking for spelling and vocabulary errors. I still do it, in a way. You know those pesky fliers you get on your door or under your front mat. Well before I throw them away, I scan them for errors. And errors there always are! I then call the number on the flier and tell them that they can't get customers if they can't spell. I point out the flaws in their fliers. I mean, how hard can it be to get someone to look at it. I know, I'm a snob. But I also think that things that go out to the public should have proper English. Of course, I probably wouldn't have used their services anyway; but they don't need to know that. I guess I need to get out more. It's strange what turns us on.
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AJDOVER1 11/22/2009 6:18PM

    Ah, we have sooooo much in common. I also heckle the news anchors who make errors (I know they can't hear me, but it makes me feel better).

When I was interviewed for my current job I was asked if I was bilingual. I said, "No, but I speak, read and write English really well." Now my boss asks me to proofread her important emails before she sends them, because she knows she doesn't catch her own errors.

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SHOSHANNABD 11/22/2009 5:27PM

    I do the same thing, except with ads in the paper. My favorite so far was someone who was giving away "naughty pine kitchen cabinets." I don't know what they did wrong, but I suppose that anyone who took them at least had been warned. There are also several "spade" dogs and cats available.

And I won't even get started on problems in the articles and headlines. Don't they know that spellcheck doesn't catch everything?

Susan

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