The dam has burst around here and I must say something. In my ‘business’ at my ‘company’ attention to detail is paramount. We need to make sure we are accurate, timely and precise. My co-workers tend not to realize the importance of such things and let grammar, etiquette and all out common sense just leap right out the window.
I thought about Tod Maffin’s grammar post [I love Radio.org] before writing this and was inspired. Maffin writes:
WRONG: â€œUse an anti-spyware program (i.e., Ad-Aware).â€
RIGHT: â€œUse an anti-spyware program (e.g., Ad-Aware).â€
The term i.e. means â€œthat isâ€; e.g. means â€œfor exampleâ€. A comma follows both of them.
He then links to this post here, which is priceless: “10 flagrant grammar mistakes that make you look stupid” [zdnet uk] e.g., #5: Effect for affect, #6: You’re for your and #3: They’re for their for there.
Now, I’m all for being casual, a little witty banter and it IS just a job… but don’t you all have someone in the office (or even at home) that constantly misspells, mispronounces or misuses grammar in some way? I am not innocent here folks but at least I can catch myself most of the time. Here are some examples that drive me nuts.
a) People who use smileys in business emails/correspondences e.g., “Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call ) ”
b) People who use “re:” when they are sending the first email in a string.
c) People who use terms like “eom” in the subject line of an email, then write their life story in the body.
d) People who use ‘fancy’ terms or acronyms and have no idea what they mean but think they’re cool for knowing them OR pronounce the acronyms e.g., “ASAP” = “A Sap”
I’m not saying people who say these things are stupid, it’s just a pet peeve. John thinks it’s annoying the way I pronounce the word “bag” and don’t get me started on him and “roof”.
Should we correct these mistakes, just let them be or pass them off as quirks? I know I say stupid things sometimes and it’s best to be corrected so I don’t repeat them. Like when I write a worried, concerned post about an article in the Georgia Straight and people tell me to chill out, well, it’s muchly appreciated :p
Edit: I don’t hate people who misspell at all. That’s not the point of the post, I just have pet peeves at the office… isn’t that a fairly common thing? As for spelling mistakes in blogs, that’s a whole other can o’ worms that I dare not open. I’ll defult bck to tihs fun ltle gem