Yesterday I read an article by Lucy Kellaway on why typos and spelling mistakes don’t really matter.
Last night, while concentrating hard on some writing, I was notified of a tweet. The tweet moderately insulted an organisation for which I volunteer. My blood suddenly boiled, but my eagerness to reply with a sarcastic remark was checked by my belief that there are no winners when people argue in public on social media.
I bit my lip and carried on writing, although I was still annoyed.
As I was finishing for the night, I read the tweet again. I realised that the tweeter was actually referring to themselves in a self-deprecating manner and that lack of punctuation in 140 characters had caused me to misunderstand it.
Good job I hadn’t ranted and raved. It would have been very unfair on the unsuspecting tweeter who had intended no offence.
Typos and spelling mistakes cause misunderstanding. And arguments. And worse, if the discussion is between organisations, groups or nations.
That’s why typos and spelling mistakes really do matter.