I’m talking about incorrect grammar, of course. It’s not only that which bothers the hell out of me; incorrect spelling annoys me too! I overlook the use of single “L” words and other American English irregularities, and I know for a fact that Americans have a good chuckle about the British way of spelling words with “OU” like colour instead of color, as they normally spell it. No, it’s the glaringly obvious things that seem to stand out and hit you in the face with a huge wet fish that bother me most.
I read a lot of stories online, mainly in guest posts by writers on other writers’ blogs and websites, and I can honestly say that in about 75% of those stories there are grammatical errors, spelling mistakes, words missing, words or phrases repeated, errors in punctuation, and an inconsistency in the spaces between sentences–often in the same paragraph!
Writing is an art, a craft, and we should do all that we can to ensure that we put out our best work. I’d be mortified if I saw that any of the work I’ve written was displayed for the world to see with loads of such errors. It is accepted practice to use lower-case “i” on a website or blog sometimes (I’ve done it myself, lol), but for printed works and such, it doesn’t look good. We should do our very best constantly and know with certainty that we have indeed done our best to produce a polished, finished product.
The thing that sparked this blog entry was something which I witnessed on Facebook yesterday. Ah, it’s only Facebook, you may think to yourself, but what I witnessed was posted in a Facebook group for authors.
Someone (I won’t give away even their gender) posted something to the group offering their editing services at a rate lower than their standard fee. All was well…until I saw the most glaring error in that person’s post which, considering that this person is offering their professional services as an Editor, deterred me from ever using this individual.
The error was just one word in a sentence, but an error which should not have occurred, and here is that error:
“If your interested” (sic).
WHAT THE…? IT’S YOU’RE, NOT YOUR!
And that was coming from an Editor! A person asking for your business; someone who wants you to pay them money in exchange for a service that one can plainly see might possibly not be of the standard one would expect.
Call me picky if you like, but when I pay for a job, I want to know that the job is done right. If it had been a bricklayer who had shown you a wonky wall that they had built, would you employ them? I think not!
Rant over. Have a nice day!