This post is brought to you by a combination of some posts I’ve skimmed through this morning and my general crankiness at finding myself back at work after a three day weekend that was more exhausting than it was restful.
Know the difference between the following:
And probably a whole lot more I am not thinking of just now. Please also get a firm grasp on when to use an apostrophe and understand that ellipses are not intended to be used in lieu of commas. Yes, we all have our little tics – I tend to use dashes too much myself and if anyone wants to complain at me for it they can. I do try to rein it in however.
There’s another one. Or three.
When in doubt, look it up. Use a thesaurus or wikipedia or something. My eyes are bleeding over here.
Big words do not make you look smart
Additionally, if you’re going to attempt to sound smarter than you actually are by using 2-bit words, make sure you’re using the correct one, mkay? When in doubt, look it the hell up. I feel an urge to stab people who toss in a word such as “duplicitous” when what they mean is “duplicative.”
Have you heard of this?
There’s this tool available in nearly any word processing software. It’s called spell check. Use it once in a while. It burns my eyes to have to read something along the lines of:
on wensday i had to tank heroc azn nd it wsa terribal cuz the heeler sucked
It burns. My fucking. Eyes.
Also, there’s a difference between heal and heel, just in case anyone was wondering.
Everyone makes mistakes. I know I’ve made plenty. But there’s an enormous difference between an occasional typo and a constant stream of errors. Read over your posts about three times or get a friend to look them over before posting. Then, perhaps, those of us who do care about these things will actually read your posts instead of merely skimming over them in an effort to keep ourselves from clawing out our own eyes in rage.