Skip to content

Yours *TrulyJuly*

I do everything content.

Tag Archives: #GrammarNerd

A classic blunder: The German article 'die' reads like the English verb 'die'.

A classic blunder: The German article ‘die’ reads like the English verb ‘die’.

 

“Die” is the female version of the article “the” in German.

So all it actually says is: “The SundanceFamily”.

But reading “Die SundanceFamily” in an English context of course makes you think someone is out there to kill them.

Why an English name has to be used to promote a product in Germany is a mystery and why they, when they are so anglophone, not realise that “Die” could be read as, well, “Die” is even more puzzling.

It shows that localisation rather than translation is important, and of course, proofreading helps too.

 

Advertisements

Tags:

 

A lot of technical equipment in South Africa comes from the US. By default these devices are set to American English and will autocorrect you wrongly.

Some might prefer American English even outside of America, but this should be a conscious choice to define your voice.

If you write in English for the South African market, localise your copy and change your default language settings to South African English:

 

It is easy to change your default language.

It is easy to change your default language.

 

In Word go to ‘Review’, in the ‘Proofing’ tab click on ‘Set Language’ and select ‘English (South Africa)’.

Before clicking ‘OK’, press ‘Default…’ and a window pops up asking:

“Do you want to change the default language to English (South Africa)?
This change will affect all new documents based on the NORMAL template.”

Tab ‘Yes’ and then click ‘OK’.

 

Note: You might have to repeat this, as your device can revert back to factory settings. At the bottom of your Word window it’ll tell you which language is set for your document. If this is wrong, quickly reset your default language.

 

Tags: , ,

Is this a test?

Oh no, it’s just a spelling mistake.

Another great example why it’s a good idea to proofread your copy before posting it.

Following good practices such as a spellchecker integrated in the publishing tool could’ve avoided this funny little blunder.

Tags: , ,

This shows that notes of your work do not belong in your work. 

This shows that notes of your work do not belong in your work.

 

I’m sure the person who included notes in the title of this job posting had all the best intentions of removing them before posting.

But we’re all only human.

 

That is why following good practices is so important:

Never meddle with the original copy and rather message yourself your notes and reminders.

 

We can do the best job possible, unfortunately human error is a constant threat.

So don’t make your job more difficult by adding room for blunders.

A streamlined process is one that leaves no chance for a mess-up.

And that should very well include proofreading!

 

Tags: , ,

Because searching ‘rat’ is too unlikely according to Facebook, I'm being presented search results for 'ray'.

Because searching ‘rat’ is too unlikely according to Facebook, I’m being presented search results for ‘ray’.

 

When Facebook autocorrects your search from ‘rat’ to ‘ray’ it can feel very lonely, having pet rats.

Of course, this is just one of their predictable algorithmically calculated assumptions – and it’s working badly at that because I have ‘rats‘, ‘pet rats‘ and ‘wild rats‘ as my interests.
But it shows how the majority of Facebook users tick: They misspell ‘Ray’ with ‘rat’.

Pity they never get to find out that rats make great pets. 😮

 

Follow Rats Make Great Pets on Facebook and on Google+. 🙂

 

Tags: , , , , ,

Oops, too many 'o' around!

Oops, too many ‘o’ around!

 

Here’s an easy to slip through mistake, as the spell checker won’t necessarily pick up on it.

 

Despite that ending a question with a preposition is not the best grammar choice, misspelling ‘to’ with ‘too’ is an obvious blunder.

 

It’s not like I want to be bothered by this.

 

I can’t help it, these spelling mistakes jump into my eyes like little grammar gremlins.

 

It’s as if an obstacle was placed in the middle of the page that my eyes simply can’t move over. They involuntarily jump back and my brain will scream a grammar nerd alert that this is wrong!

 

I just think a bit of respect for your mother tongue and the meaning of words is missing here, and with that so much depth.

 

Or, some bloody proofreading! 😉

 

 

Tags: , ,

Can you spot the spelling mistake?

Can you spot the spelling mistake?

 

Here we have an advertisement for a copywriting course, which is referred to as ‘copyright course’. An easy to make writing mistake with this homophone.

 

Of course the quotes could suggest someone else said this and the blunder was copied over from them, except that this someone else isn’t quoted, making the quotes pretty pointless. The missing punctuation also doesn’t help.

 

I’d go as far as saying for SEO purposes it could very well make sense to include a spelling error probably many people make when typing their search into Google.

 

However, I cringe at such rookie mistake and wonder if they are following good practices such as proofreading their copy. 😮

 

Tags: ,

Pet Hair Vacuums - Find the Best Vacuum for Pet Hair

Unbiased reviews of vacuums for pet owners.

Content ZA

Content from Z to A

Content Coach

I do everything content.

AMERICA ON COFFEE

Americans' daily coffee ritual.....

My Blog

A great WordPress.com site

A Word Of Substance

"Object Relations"

Frank Solanki

If you want to be a hero well just follow me

Mobile Monday South Africa

Bringing the Mobile Community Together!

George Monbiot

I do everything content.

Beasty Art

"Die Kunst ist eine Tochter der Freiheit." - Friedrich Schiller

SABKI MAGGI

Recipes for instant noodles

Stefan Draschan

info@stefandraschan.com / Stefan Draschan, Mommsengasse 6773, A-1040 Wien

Well Life

Where mind and body are one

coconutandwhat

Nutrition. Allergies. Digestive Health. PlantBased. Glutenfree. Hormone Help. Recipe creator. Detox. All Natural Lifestyle. Search through 200 Articles!

Rabia Rambles

Ramblings About Beauty, Lifestyle & Everything In Between!

the PLETHORA of CHIMERAS

This is where I post my insights from the mind,either medulla, or straight from the hind...

The Raw, Refreshing Writings of Roderick Wills

Short stories, excerpts from my novel in progress, poetry and thought provoking articles are posted periodically for your perusing pleasure.

THE RIVER WALK

Daily Thoughts and Meditations as we journey together with our Lord.

Michael Ventura

I do everything content.

Spark Media

Building Your Brand From Day One

XIV Events

luxury travel events

amandeepmittal.wordpress.com/

Reviews | Interviews | Giveaways | Recommendations | "I'm Mad About Books"

Love Travelling

Travel diaries providing inspiration for planning the perfect trip

CocoForCoconuts

Lauren Rhodes

Messy Mapmaker

Searching Through the Pile of To-Do Lists to See What's Coming Next

Mustn't grumble: living with IBS

Navigating the stormy waters of irritable bowel syndrome

Daily (w)rite

A DAILY RITUAL OF WRITING

WebticketsSa

your tickets your way

Heartstring Eulogies

Conjured by Sarah Doughty

A Writer's Path

Sharing writing tips, information, and advice.

The Campervan Man

One Man, One Van and No Plan.

SnehDeep's Kitchen

A daily guide on “What to cook?" And "How to cook?”

Life Lived Simply

zero waste enthusiast

Bushradio 89.5 FM

the mother of community radio in Africa

MovieBabble

The Casual Way to Discuss Movies

Travel Hub

Flight Deck for Travel Hub operations for AFRICA EU ME LATAM ASIA

Veritas et Libertas

Dissenting reflections from Nolan Jazimreg, the author of the contentious novel "Veritas et Libertas dei anno MMLXXXVII"

Alex Latimer

writing, illustration, drawing, video

Celenic Earth Publications

Bringing new tales to the world... as often as possible

mydangblog

Come for the laughs, stay for the lunacy

Climate Champions

A world to explore. A world to engage.

FACE Foundation

The Foundation for Animal Care and Education

%d bloggers like this: