I’m a person who can’t read a menu without finding typos. It’s like a disease, really. Cesars’ salad and Chefs Specail drive me ‘round the bend. The world is a dangerous place for those who had good spelling beaten into them (not literally, thank God) by the Sisters of St. Joseph.
So I was amused to see Steve Rubel’s link to a post at 901 am about the 10 most misspelled/mis-used words in blogs. I was even more amused to find one of the listed typos in another post at 901 am (it was it’s for its, in case you’re interested).
I am not perfect, so I’m sure the astute reader can find typos in my posts. I like to think that I can, however, avoid the most egregious errors:
1. Your – you’re
2. Then – than
3. Its – it’s
4. To – too – two
5. Were – where – we’re
6. There – their – they’re
7. A – an – and
8. Off – of
9. Here – hear
10. Lose – loose
Just this week I found major bloopers in an otherwise excellent book I’m reading, including peddle for pedal and flare for flair. Eeek. My friends at the Inside PR podcast recently featured discreet and discrete on their Inside Proper English segment. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen this pair of words confused.
So what’s the big deal? I believe that you can alienate readers if your posts are littered with typos. My solution: take a few minutes to proof posts before hitting SAVE. I don’t catch everything, but I often do stop bloopers before they enter my little space in the blogosphere.