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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Is It Just Me?

Is it just me or does anyone else notice how awful grammer and spelling are in magazines, books or online content? It's a peeve of mine and I'm seeing it everywhere of late.



Here's an example from today that has me scratching my head:

A women's clothing mail order catalog. Women's jeans; size Petite 28" Inseams, Women 30" Inseam, Talls 28" Inseam.  Another page; women's sweater labeled as item 'A'. Looking down for a description of item 'A' I find the letter 'A' listed as a vest. The picture of the vest matches the description for letter 'C'.  I ended up tossing it out, I was so irritated.

Doesn't anyone proofread before releasing anything to the public? If I ever released a user manual for a software company I worked for and the user found typos, I seriously would have caught hell from my boss. You have to put pride in your work don't you?

Are corners being cut so much in the business world that quality isn't a concern?

I'm not perfect. Far from it. I'm sure I've written something too quickly and found mistakes. I don't look for mistakes when I read things. They just jump out at me.

Drives me nuts!

I think I need a massage.

Thank you.

Signed,
A Frustrated Reader


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26 comments:

  1. I've been noticing it for years. In the last couple of years I've been particularly irritated with the local news station that I prefer and their posts on FB. Seriously, I'll gladly come and proof these things for them. Drives. Me. Nuts.

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  2. I can't even get the front office to proofread orders before I cut 'em wrong, lol!

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    1. I can't imagine the $$ that gets wasted that way.

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  3. I think it's because publishers rely on computer proofreading programs now. Those programs catch spelling and grammatical errors, but cannot catch a word that is spelled correctly but is wrong in the context of the sentence. Computers can't check for MEANING. It drives me nuts too but it's just another example of cheaper automation replacing a more expensive human workforce.

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    1. As a writer, I would read it over myself and make corrections before submitting. That's just me.

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    1. Glad you agree. Doesn't say much for the upcoming generations though, if this is the acceptable "norm".

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  5. I've noticed it in books I read quite a bit. Even if we blame computer proofreading programs, it's sad that an author wouldn't catch his or her own mistakes. Don't they read over their work a number of times?

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    1. I see it in books all the time. Self publishing is ok but if you as a writer can't get someone to proofread it thoroughly before you publish, that's sad.

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  6. What Debra said :)
    Drive me nuts, too, but that seems to be the norm these days.

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  7. i blog in language which is not my native one so i make lot of mistake and honestly sometime due to lack of time i cannot reread and correct it and later when i open my blog to read comments and sometime read my post again i realize my mistakes ,though i try but i am not sure i will overcome it soon.
    even here in native language while reading news lines on T.v i be shock when see errors and wrong words or words with wrong meaning there .it makes me wonder that do they resemble me or what?

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    1. Baili, you write in another language and I think you do a great job. It is understandable if you were to make a mistake, but you do understand what I mean about reading things in your native language. It's frustrating.

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  8. Ha! Yes, I notice this, too. I've even read books put out by million dollar mainstream publishers that had errors in it, and I think, how is it that Other B and myself can make a book that's cleaner than these guys can?

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    1. Seriously!!! It boggles the mind!

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    2. I couldn't agree with you more, Bee Bee, and it annoys me as well. No one seems to bother any more, and it's just not good enough! 😡

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    3. It's just not good enough is right This! I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one that gets annoyed at this stuff. To me it's just downright sloppy.

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    1. I'm in good company based on my comments!! Thanks Janie!

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  10. I've been finding mistakes in some well respected magazines which should be perfectly written. Maybe some of these writers are suffering from using an iPad that sneaks in "suggestions" as actual words. If one is not careful, that "suggestion" goes out as garbled nonsense.

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    1. The sad part about using spell check, etc. is that people get too comfortable and don't go back to see if it's correct. Unacceptable!! Lol

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  11. I was wandering around and came here via Bijoux's blog.

    I think the short answer is no, no one proof-reads anymore. I remember my local paper doing one of those articles with samples of elementary school kids writings. This particular one was was about alliterative writing. But the newspaper called it "Illiteration." Gah!

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    1. I'm so glad you stopped by Secret Agent Woman! Thanks for commenting. Can you believe how stupid that newspaper was? Illiteration?? OMG.

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