It’s spring training time in Arizona and I saw this on a commercial last weekend for Monday morning’s newscast. And they had plenty of time to fix it . . .
I wonder if the Daytona Spedway is faster than the Daytona Speedway since it has fewer letters.
We all know that word processing software comes with many useful features. There is a danger, however, in depending too much on the software. Here are some examples:
- Spell check. As I’ve mentioned before, spell check absolutely has its uses, but is not the only (or necessarily the best) proofreading method. One example I’ve given before is “doe snot” instead of “does not.” They are both spelled correctly, but one is definitely not correct. Do not rely exclusively on spell check.
- Grammar check. This feature is useful for catching some issues, but cannot possibly be accurate with every grammar resource, so be careful not to just accept all of the software’s “advice.”
- Search and replace. While this certainly has its place in searching and replacing something like a misspelled name, you must be very careful using global search and replace. Think about the danger–say you wanted to search for the word “plain” and replace it with the word “normal.” The issue appears where other words might contain the search term. For instance, in this case, if your document included the word “plaintiff,” the global search and replace would change that word to “normaltiff.” While entertaining, that is obviously not correct. If you want to use search and replace, you should review the suggested replacements before they are made.
These suggestions may not make your writing easier, but it should help you be more accurate from the beginning of the process.
You know I can’t resist a themed Grammar Giggle. Wishing you all a Happy Valentine’s/Single Awareness Day!
I found this one on Twitter. The typist on this news headline apparently had his or her mind somewhere else when the dictation got to “Year of the Horse.”
I found this one while shopping with friends. Not only should “hand written” be one word, but they’ve actually managed to accomplish my number one pet peeve and used an apostrophe for a plural.
Found this one on Twitter. It starts off well, but it looks like they saved all of their errors for the last sentence. Must be an interesting closet they have for the when-ner.
This one comes from Twitter in honor of Sunday’s big game. Be careful what kind of party platters your hosts are serving!
A friend sent this one to me. Not only do you need to be aware of leaving letters out, but you also need to be aware of slang or local language. I’m just not sure I’m brave enough to even test these shots.
I’ve heard juicing is good for you, but I’m not sure that’s what this piece of Black & Decker equipment does. At least that’s not exactly what the label says.