A Proofreader: Don’t Leave Home Without One

When I left home on a rainy Saturday to watch a football game, I didn’t realize I would needed my red pencil. Does making spelling or grammar mistakes in front of customers make any difference?

Happy Brithday cake from Baskin-Robbins

An ice cream cake from Baskin-Robbins


Country Farms Produce, Edmonds, WA

A produce market outside Edmonds, WA

Plese remember the slogan of the late, great Proofreader General of the United States (PGUS), Roland Sweet: Spelling Counts.

Can’t spell? Don’t embarrass yourself or your business. Hire an editor.



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6 responses to “A Proofreader: Don’t Leave Home Without One

  1. Dave Murray

    Hi Mike,

    Good stuff! I saw an article today on Syracuse.com about Thanksgiving dinner at the Salvation Army and they spoke about their food panty. I’ve heard of edible panties, but for Thanksgiving dinner?

    Hope all is well with you and Heather ( and Chloe)

    Happy Thanksgiving (and hope you’re having food, not intimate clothing) Dave

    Sent from Dave Murray’s iPad

    Sent from Dave Murray’s iPad >

  2. Jeff Blumenfeld

    Famous 1964-65 button: “Meet me at the the smoke ring.”

  3. drbristol

    A bad cake or sign is not always at our fingertips, so my advice is head to any sports blog – the intersection of righteous indignation and the inability to express it coherently.

    Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, Mike – I hope we see each other again soon.

    • I love the Troy Nunes blog on SU sports, but he doesn’t know the difference between its and it’s (among other things). But you’re right, Dr. B., even printed daily newspapers (not to mention their online versionm) are rife with errors these days. Spell check only goes so far. Happy holidays to you and all other long-suffering Astros fans.

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