Typo in your profile like spinach in your teeth



Spinach in your teeth? Zipper unzipped?

You would probably want to know, right? Ideally, you’d be told discreetly, as suggested in this post from manners mentor, inc.

What about typos in your LinkedIn profile? They are potentially embarrassing and just as easy to fix.

Make sure your profile is typo-free, particularly if good spelling and grammar are expected and valued in your field. Check everything carefully yourself, then ask a friend to review it. It can be difficult to spot your own mistakes.

Finally, if one of your connections identifies herself as an excellent proofreder and another was once a Business Devlopment Manager, let them know with a polite, private message.

They”ll thank you.

Segue: Not a leader in two-wheeled electric mobility

Bardenas en segway
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Q. When did people begin to forget how to spell segue?

A. Apparently in 2001, by which time some of us had hoped to be having our own personal space odysseys, but without the nefarious HAL computer.

Instead, we got the Segway┬« Personal Transporter, and segue – a fine old word relating to transitions rather than transporters – came to be written with disturbing frequency as segway.

If you’re writing about a two-wheeled, self-balancing personal transportation vehicle, that’s a Segway.

Otherwise, it’s a segue.

This post was prompted by the sight of a truck advertising Segway two-wheeled vehicles. Coincidentally, we were on our way to a shop to buy spare tubes for a bicycle, the ultimate in personal transportation and one of the true wonders of the world.

For the record, Segway is a registered trademark of Segway Inc. in the United States and/or other countries.


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Use the right words for the greatest impact

Pinus ponderosa subsp. ponderosa branch with cones
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A headline’s purpose is to catch the reader’s eye and interest. A poorly written headline can have the same effect.

Bark beetle kill has little affect on fire danger

Of course, it would have little affect (while it might be expected to have an effect or maybe an impact).

Curious about what else I might find, I moved beyond the headline to the first paragraph of the story in this Colorado daily newspaper.

The first paragraph said:

Though bark beetles are marching into lower elevations and killing ponderosa pines in the foothills of Larimer County, the smattering of dead trees they’ve left behind during the last year or two are likely to have little impact on the upcoming forest fire season.

The good news: Impact was used correctly for once.

The bad? There is a smattering of grammar skills where much more is needed.

That smattering of dead trees is (not “are”) likely to have little impact.

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A writing and editing challenge for National Grammar Day

Originally for the article Contraction (gramma...
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This might not be everyone’s idea of fun, but SmithWords may not be able to resist.

Check out the National Grammar Day Contest over at Copyediting. Enter if you dare.

By the way, every day is Grammar Day for the Prose Doctor.

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