Zero to sixty (or whatever) in a matter of seconds. Impressive, isn’t it? Not the case when the numbers work in reverse. I’m not talking about cars here, I’m talking about your reputation. And it’s not just your reputation, it’s also the reputation of those you represent.
We all judge people, make up our minds about them in a split second, faster than the shift of that high-powered or classic sports car. Sometimes the opinion formed isn’t fair, and sometimes it is. You can help yourself. Send out the message you want people to receive. Say what you mean and know the meaning of the words you use. I’m not talking so much about errors with complicated words, I can be more forgiving of those. I mean simple misspelled words.
See this sentence: their is no excuse for being sloppy.
And this: The error is there fault.
I got emails like these this week. Annoying isn’t it? It is to me. I’ll admit I’ve been interrupted a lot lately by telemarketers, which may have made me a little cranky.
I had an email the other day from a feature writer wanting to do a piece on my books. She finished her proposal with, what do you fink? I looked for the punch line. I didn’t find one.
I’m not as good a speller as I used to be and I sometimes need to check on a word. I use spellcheck and a thesaurus. Wouldn’t you rather take a little extra time, craft your correspondence with care and impress your audience? You should, if you want to be taken seriously.
Anyway, back to the question: What do I fink? Probably best if they don’t know.