I recently saw this poster for water conservation at a car wash. Apparently, someone didn’t double-check this before it went to the printer and “environment” was typo bombed.
Of course all written public messages should be polished, but it’s especially disheartening when messages for charity and environmental awareness have typos. I have seen things like “pubic affairs” for public affairs and “Save the Wales (That’s a country!)” instead of Save the Whales.
We broadcast messages on smaller stages than these organizations, however, we still want our messages to be the focus, not mistakes. I know that I have said this a thousand times, but always use the buddy system when you write. Flyers, posters, classified ads, etc. should get not one, but two or three evaluations. Use your friends, families and coworkers for this purpose. People are usually flattered that you asked and happy to do it.
Happy reading and writing, my friends!
Sean C. Wright is the author of the short stories Hazel Hogan and Devil Does Dallas. She is also an editor. For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–business or consumer–visit http://www.iwrightaway.com/.