After a post on Twitter yesterday I discovered I’d stirred up a nest of people who are equally irritated by others who use the wrong version of words like ‘lose’ (loose); compliment (complement); your (you’re); there (their and they’re) – and so on.
It seems that we are divided into two camps:
Are you beginning to see why some of us get over-excited when people write ‘stationary’ instead of ‘stationery’ and ‘discrete’ instead of ‘discreet’?
It’s not just to do with being good at spelling – it’s to do with being professional. There are no excuses – I’m very good with words and I do make the occasional mistake (I am actually human); however, I’m not particularly good with numbers – so I hire a bookkeeper and an accountant. If you’re not good with words, hire a writer and/or a proofreader. Don’t just make an impact on your potential clients that says you can’t be bothered!
And if you were reading yesterday’s Twitter word games:
While ‘ghoti’ is pronounced ‘fish’ – blame George Bernard Shaw for this one!
gh as in cough = f
o as in women = i
ti as in station = sh
phtholognyrrh is pronounced Turner
phth as in phthisic = t
olo as in colonel = ur
gn as in gnat = n
yrrh as in myrrh = er
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