Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Typo Hunt

Spellcheck is a blessing and a curse. We think if we spellcheck and fix the typos that show up, that we have a perfect document. Sadly, that's not true. We are never done looking for typos.

I hate typos, but have to admit that they happen. It's hard not to find a typo in a 400-page internal document. Then there are the issues of style--should you use a comma there, should there be a dash here?

What is most concerning is the Typo Hunt that some of us are on. If we find a typo, we can dismiss that company or that person, because, well, they had a typo.

I am not supporting sloppiness or a lax approach to language, but sometimes a typo in an internal document is just that. It's not the end of the world, it's a typo.

The best answer, the only answer, is to eliminate typos and to improve your relationships so that a Typo Hunt is not organized in order to relieve you of your duties.

Barry LaBov
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