Faulty Friday #2


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What’s wrong with this picture?

PLEASE tell me you know.

I snapped this photo while sitting at a loooong red light here in town. Errors in advertising are particularly depressing to me. If you want more business, get your ads proofread to ensure that they’re correct. Not everyone notices these types of mistakes but many people do. I, for one, do not patronize businesses with errors in their advertising.

NOTE – The mistake in the photo above is that there should be no comma after the word “reliable.” When in doubt about adding a comma, DON’T!

Faulty Friday #1


kindle oopsBeginning this exciting posting venture has not gone as smoothly as I had hoped. I’ve been swamped with a large editing and rewriting project that has taken every bit of my spare time this month. Then, when I finally had the actual time to work on the post, I experienced a number of unexpected, unwelcome and frustrating image difficulties. I hope that is now all in the past.

My first Faulty Friday photo was snapped on my Kindle last night. I’m reading an interesting YA novel, the first in a series, obviously written in UK style. In spite of the differences with American English and style, things were going along swimmingly until I noted the error. Do you see it?

Hopefully you noticed that the word “taught” is incorrect. Taught refers to prior teaching. The word that should have been used is “taut,” which means tight.

Yes, these are the types of things that keep me up at night. Feel free to send me your “oops” in books, advertising or wherever. I may just share them on this page. Stay tuned. There will surely be more errors to follow!

 

 

Introducing Faulty Fridays


Photo courtesy - http://freedigitalphotos.net

Photo courtesy – http://freedigitalphotos.net

I love to read. It really doesn’t matter what. I’m partial to suspenseful fiction but I also read the daily newspaper, signs as I drive down the road, web articles and I’m a real sucker for print magazines. I love ’em.

One thing that really aggravates me to no end is to see a mistake in print. A self-described grammar nerd, I really am bothered by this stuff. I see errors in the books I read – whether in DTB (dead tree books) or on my Kindle. I see TONS of oopsies in our local paper who shall remain nameless and in signs advertising businesses.

There may be a variety of reasons for these mistakes. It could be that someone didn’t catch the error when copy editing or proofreading. This does happen. No one is perfect. It could be that someone is a terrible speller and doesn’t realize it or even worse, a bad speller who knows he is a bad speller but doesn’t bother to look up something anyway. It could also be that a person truly believes something is written/spelled correctly when it’s not.

Anyway, after seeing thousands (or more) of these mistakes over many years, I thought it might be fun to share some of these on a weekly basis. I now photograph the errors I see (if it’s safe to do so) and will publish them here on ReaderJots in a post every Friday that I plan to call “Faulty Friday.”

Feel free to contribute  in the comments section or, if you have a blog, you can participate there, too, by joining the Faulty Friday movement.

Look for the first post on Friday, March 7. I’ve got a couple doosies up my sleeve. Just wait.

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Photo courtesy of: www.tiresias.org

Photo courtesy of: http://www.tiresias.org

If you have a letter, email, manuscript or paper that needs some fixing up, I can do it!

– misspellings

– typographical errors

– punctuation

– syntax

– grammar

All quotes are given on an individual basis.

As a prolific reader and writer for more than 20 years, I also hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master of Arts degree in Elementary Education. I write for and edit many blogs on a variety of topics and would be pleased to work with you.