Writing Errors That Make You Look Stupid

by Dan Hutson on November 3, 2009

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With all the profound advances being made daily in social media and  communications technology, anyone want to venture a guess why I’m revisiting the land of bad grammar, poor word choices, misspellings and abused punctuation?

Here’s a hint. Effective communication is only going to grow in importance in both our personal and professional lives. I don’t care what you think you do. Communication skills are now on everyone’s short list.

If perception is frequently reality, then the perception that you don’t know what you’re talking about because your writing is filled with easily corrected errors is one you need to avoid at all costs.

As much as I’d love to write an exhaustive resource list for you on this subject (insert sarcastic emoticon here), the good news is that everyone and her sister already has done it. A search of the phrase “common writing mistakes” turns up nearly 20,000 results on Google. Don’t bother sifting through them all; the following should answer most if not all of your questions. Commit them to heart and at least the writing errors that remain in your deathless prose should be a bit more esoteric.

SoYouWanna Avoid Common Writing Errors?

Common Writing Mistakes

Top Ten Common Writing Mistakes

Ten Common Writing Mistakes Your Spell Checker Won’t Find

Do You Make These 7 Mistakes When You Write?

Five Grammatical Errors That Make You Look Dumb

Common Mistakes of English Grammar, Mechanics, and Punctuation

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Aminhotep November 25, 2009 at 7:44 pm

Good Post. In this age of spell-check there is no excuse for bad spelling. Good communication will get you places in the world. There are certain spelling cases that we can do without. Words like “trough” “knight” “one”, etc. that are not consistent with spelling rules need to be permanently corrected. They are based on an archaic spelling convention that has no relevance today. Lets do away with the pretence and just spell them phonetically…
For more on spelling issues check out the latest post on “Class Struggle”: http://wp.me/tcfd

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