If I wanted to (I don’t), I could fill my days and nights pointing out spelling, writing, vocabulary, and grammar errors on the Internet. Instead, I just point out the egregious errors from folks who should know better. Here’s a case in point: When you’re dispensing writing advice, especially writing advice that warns readers about the importance of proofreading, don’t publish it with an error like this one from Leslie A. Joy at Brazen Careerist:
Readers only had to get to the second sentence to trip over a glaring construction error that has two possible fixes:
- Change appreciate to appreciative.
- Change the opening phrase to While I appreciated the compliment or something similar.
It’s an error that’s particularly galling if you venture more deeply into the post and come across this advice under a Proofread heading:
Uh, admittedly, Leslie, admittedly.