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Too Cool for Shcool!

June 20, 2011
ypos, misspelling, atttention to detail, cringe inducing typoToo Cool for Shcool!The Attenshun to Detail (Or Lack Thereof)Two news stories about “bad editing” caught my eye last week.

The first involved the NHL and a major typo on the Prince of Wales Trophy given to the winner of the NHL’s Eastern Conference each season. One stunned hockey fan thought he was going crazy when he saw the name of the Washington Capitals etched into the trophy for the 2009-10 season when in fact the Philadelphia Fliers had won the division!!! I think his reaction was justified. (Click the image to get the full story from Puck Daddy on Yahoo! Sports)


The second lulu appeared on a school crosswalk outside of Greensboro, NC. Is this a bad day at work or a fitting, visual critique of the educational system in North Carolina?


Photo is courtesy of Joe Rodriguez of the Greensboro News & Record

How did these two things go unnoticed? Not by one person, but by many! I am sure there were at least several highway workers on the scene the day the crosswalk was painted (these guys never work alone!). Where is an editor when you need one?

One of the most troubling patterns in the work force today is a definite lack of attention to detail. We see it all the time in the form of typos on resumes, poor grammar and sentence structure, and misspelled words (the later seems to indicate that we have become overly reliant on spell check).

I am not going to spend time harping on the education system or about how the use of text and instant messaging for human communication is eroding our finer language skills. To quote a famous adage, “It is better to keep your mouth shut and have people think you are a fool than to open it and remove any lingering doubt.” The same goes today for written communication. The next time you go to send that email, text or instant message from your computer, iPhone, Blackberry or Android, be sure to proof read it before you let it fly through the ether. Remember that your written word says something about you, your intelligence and your character. Apologizing upfront for potential typos and errors (as many people do in their signature on their mobile devices) is just plain lazy! Be professional and proof read your stuff!

I am certainly not without sin when it comes to typos and, along with my colleagues, have provided a few laughs with some bad ones over the years. I thought it would be fun to share some of the better ones with you in hope that you could return the favor and post some of your own in the comments. Here’s a primer:

“Have you shit the flat panel tv’s?”

– sent to the CEO of a client company by a colleague in reference to some equipment that needed to be shipped to an important trade show we were attending.

Oh, and I am not going to let the highway department in Greenboro, NC off the hook either, here is the story from WYFF4 News:
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D’oh! Crew Misspells ‘School’ On Road, posted with vodpod
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