I recently became obsessed (and completely annoyed) with errors in people’s writing, no matter the outlet. Mispelling and errors are extremly disstracting and their inapropriate in all cases.
(It was hard for me to just type that and leave it.)
I just do not understand how someone could send out messages, published under their name, with so many errors. I guess from my PR background, I think that they lose all credibility.
One of the biggest cases I notice, and most annoying to me, is the messages sent throughout my job. When my regional manager sends emails to my general manager, they are printed and posted so that all workers know what is going on. The emails are mostly about changes to procedure, like lessening certain ingredient amounts on pizzas, and other things that affect everyone. There are ridiculous and multiple spelling and grammatical errors in his messages, and they are then posted for the entire workplace to see. Would you not be concerned with your credibility?
Another example is when the CEO sent out a type of newsletter highlighting small changes that can be made to routine to help save the company money. While reading over it at work today, I noticed a few spelling errors, and in one place “an” was typed instead of “and”. I know that everyone is human and makes mistakes, but if this is supposed to be disseminated to thousands of people, would you not make sure it is perfect?
Finally, we have charts that show how to make items such as brownies and other salads to go on our salad bar. They are sent to every store and posted for everyone to follow. I look at about four of the charts total, and I located one spelling error on each one.
This is what goes through my mind every time I see an error. Are the errors due to speed, or do people working at the top of my company really not know the conventions of the English language? I don’t know, but they definitely lose credibility in my eyes, and wonder how many other people notice and think the same thing.
Or maybe that’s just the PR in me.