Bad Writing Makes You Look Bad
When I was in grad school I took an editing class and it turned out to be one of the best things I ever did. All the things I learned there have made me an infinitely better writer.
But it came with a downside: I am now one of those people that seeks out typos and weird sentence constructions everywhere he goes. And when I find them, I LOVE to point them out (and yes there are typos here at The Writer’s Coin—I’m aware I can’t catch them all). Oooh, look at me! I’m the writer pointing out all of your mistakes!
Sometimes it’s funny and sometimes it’s annoying. And sometimes you have to step back and laugh at how some people have butchered the English language.
It’s funny, sure, but there’s a lesson to be learned here. Every time you make silly mistakes with the English language, it makes you look bad. Whether it’s in an email to your boss or a note to a coworker, bad English makes you look lazy, stupid, and can make you sound like a spammer.
All things no one wants to deal with.
So next time you sit down to write something, give it a quick edit before you send it off into the world. Only good will come of it.
* I’m aware most of these mistakes are probably made by foreigners that don’t know the language very well. I’m not trying to make fun of them, I’m just using these as examples. No offense intended! If you like them, run a search for “Chinglish” and you’ll find some hilarious stuff online.
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