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WordPress has an integrated spellchecker. It also automatically tells me when there's nothing to check: No writing errors were found.

WordPress has an integrated spellchecker. It also automatically tells me when there’s nothing to check: “No writing errors were found.” – Phew! 😉

 

Because we all make mistakes, why take a chance when it’s so easy to double check:

 

Write your copy in a text editor with a spellchecker. At least it’ll help you get rid of those really silly errors.

 

When it comes to using copy in an image editing program, copy and paste the text into a word editor to confirm your grammar is correct.

 

Even better: Use an integrated spellchecker in the software. Most programs offer to activate a spellchecker or to install a widget or plugin.

 

Don’t fall for the temptation to switch off the spellchecker.

Maybe you’re using professional terminology and get a lot of words highlighted as wrong. Rather add these to your spellchecker’s dictionary and customise it to your needs.

 

And because we all still make mistakes, always proofread your copy.

 

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Just because you’re a #GrammarNerd doesn’t mean you’re off the hook when it comes to math formulas.

 

Another example why you must always proofread your copy:

When creating an infographic double check that everything is correct.

When creating an infographic double check that everything is correct.

 

This is an infographic explaining payment flow and costs and still they managed to get the main equation wrong:

Of course it’s not R500 times 7.5% equals R462.50, but:

R500 7.5% = R462.50

 

A hint for this is actually the sentence below: “Bidda keeps 7.5% of all transactions.” Keep, as in retain / withhold / deduct / subtract.

 

If you’re unsure about your algebra but are creating explainer infographics which contain mathematical equations, get your calculator out – there’s an app on every device – and quickly double check.

 

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This one made me laugh:

Spot the spelling mistakes! This is why you must always proofread.

Spot the spelling mistakes! This is why you must always proofread.

“This is possibly how German Shepard Emma felt before she escaped from the vet and ended up wondering terrified along the Liesbeeck River for five weeks.”

 

Besides that it is of course a German Shepherd, the image of this poor creature sitting all pensive and contemplative by the river, humming to herself a terrified Rodriguez’ “I wonder…” made me involuntarily laugh.

 

Yoh, two spelling mistakes in one sentence!

 

As Wikipedia puts it: “Shepard may refer to: A common misspelling of shepherd”.

 

And yes, the wonderful wandering / wondering swap, which in this example works just as well actually.

 

Maybe it’s because I can relate: I also wonder, about all the things, and it makes me terrified.
Of course, wondering for five weeks is a bit extreme, but I’m sure it can happen to the best of us if we ended up along the Liesbeek River. 😉

 

Luckily the dog was rescued and it all ended well. 🙂

I can only repeat my advice: Always proofread your copy before publishing.

 

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Always remember that the new year is next year.

 

I know that sounds odd, but it happens too easily that we keep on writing the old year when we mean the new year. Maybe it’s some kind of force of habit.

 

Especially during the switch-over in December and January, various examples pop up.

This sounds like a great resolution for the new year - which is 2018.

This sounds like a great resolution for the new year – which is 2018.

 

It’s easy to miss when proofreading copy for the new year, because, as we still are in the old year, the old year looks right to us.

 

So always double check the year!

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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