I am one of those people who are driven crazy by bad spelling. It seems to be becoming more frequent in newspapers and even captions on television. I expect better from people who write for a living.
In Geeveston’s main street you can see this wooden plaque with a poem about the town. Whenever I stopped to read it my eyes would always be dragged to the second to last word. I like the poem, I love the craftsmanship of the person who carved it but I hate the spelling error.
Then there was the time that Adelaide’s State Transport Authority produced new stickers about the carriage of bicycles on the trains. They were designed, printed and finally distributed to the cleaners who were to do the job. supposed to paste them onto the railcars. It was only then that an error was noticed. The word “Maximum” was misspelled as “Maximimum”. Hundreds of stickers had to be replaced. It does not say much for the designers and administrative people at head office that the first person to notice the mistake was a cleaner. How many people had been involved in the production before they got to us?
Would you trust this business to print your labels?
One of the things that spell checkers won’t pick up is when similar looking words are confused.
Stationary and Stationery for example. The steam engine was stationary when I took this photo. The writing paper is stationery.
I guess the reason that this sort of thing annoys me so much is that for many of us there is no excuse for it. We have dictionaries, both hard copy and online. We have apps like Grammarly to help us. Take the time and proofread your work, then read it again. Then give it to someone else and ask them to read it. Well, seriously that’s probably over the top for writing a blog post for fun. However, if it is your job to communicate through writing please do it properly.