I spend a lot of time online. If it’s not for work, it’s for my own enjoyment. I simply like finding entertainment online more than I enjoy flipping channels.
As I weave in and out of the various sites I come across, I often notice typos or outright spelling/usage errors on people’s sites. Usually, these are small businesses who probably have a limited budget for marketing, and don’t see hiring an editor (or even a proofreader– not the same thing!) as a priority. 80% of the time (unless I’m on a mission), if I think the person might care to fix it, I drop them a line. I do not correct anybody’s informal language if I can help it. Lard knows there’s gonna be a bunch of it on this blog. In any event, most people are appreciative… particularly if it’s just a typo that had somehow escaped their attention.
But when I really get to head-scratching is when a site is owned and developed by a company with enough resources to get the job done right (ie. they can hire someone), and I see a typo in what seems to be priority-positioned sales or marketing verbage. If you ask me (and you didn’t), you’re going to have a hard time selling when your credibility has been crushed in one quick blow.
I mean, seriously. A typo I can live with. An informal site with informal language and some spelling errors, I can live with. But a serious website with some fundamental mistake like “Do things you’re own way”? Just about drives me batty.
It occurs to me that in a well-written blog, this is where the link or list of examples goes. Maybe I’ll get to that some day. Until then, how about some Bad English instead? (also gives me an excuse to see if I got the idea of Viper’s plugin right):