After a post on Twitter yesterday I discovered I’d stirred up a nest of people who are equally irritated by others who use the wrong version of words like ‘lose’ (loose); compliment (complement); your (you’re); there (their and they’re) – and so on.

It seems that we are divided into two camps:

  • Camp one say “I don’t know what the fuss is about; you understood what I meant didn’t you?”
  • Camp two cry “I can’t believe you didn’t check. It doesn’t inspire me with confidence in your attention to detail and ability to understand what I really meant. It makes me wonder if the service you’re going to deliver to me is going to be equally slapdash!”
  • Are you beginning to see why some of us get over-excited when people write ‘stationary’ instead of ‘stationery’ and ‘discrete’ instead of ‘discreet’?

    It’s not just to do with being good at spelling – it’s to do with being professional. There are no excuses – I’m very good with words and I do make the occasional mistake (I am actually human); however, I’m not particularly good with numbers – so I hire a bookkeeper and an accountant. If you’re not good with words, hire a writer and/or a proofreader. Don’t just make an impact on your potential clients that says you can’t be bothered!

    And if you were reading yesterday’s Twitter word games:

    While ‘ghoti’ is pronounced ‘fish’ – blame George Bernard Shaw for this one!
    gh as in cough = f
    o as in women = i
    ti as in station = sh

    phtholognyrrh is pronounced Turner
    phth as in phthisic = t
    olo as in colonel = ur
    gn as in gnat = n
    yrrh as in myrrh = er
    Sign up to our FREE data service and get your free reports, tips and information that will help you get your message across in writing.

    You can also find us at Inside News

    Be one in a million