If you think readers don’t notice your mistakes, take a look at the comments on a recent article from Yahoo! News‘ “The Sideshow.” The article includes such gems as this:
The “journalist” meant to tap out “the ensuing fame,” but the result is pure nonsense.
Is anyone else as confused as I am about the “speaking fees” and “speaking engagement fees”? Aren’t they the same thing? Is that “word” supposed to be image?
Apostrophes and single quotation marks are no substitute for double quotes, which is what American English uses for direct quotations:
And any spell-checker would have found this:
What did readers say about these (and probably other) mistakes?
- “Who wrote this #$%$? I have a headache from trying to read it.”
- “Did he write this article himself? Spelling/ grammar atrocious.”
- “‘the ensuring fan’, ‘iamge’, ‘claimedno’ …really?”
- “Usually do not complain about poorly written/edited things, but this was just unreadable.”