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Wednesday, May 23, 2012


This is really neither here nor there but you know what's getting to me these days? A lack of editing. I've seen mistakes all over the internet, right and left!

Media, a hint. People on the fence in their political convictions will be much less distracted or turned off by what you say if it makes sense. Proofread. Edit. Check your apostrophes and quotations. Check your verbs and even your pluralizations. Check your commas. Check your spelling. One expects and tolerates minor (or even major) grammatical problems on a random blog or comment. One doesn't expect or tolerate journalists' errors to nearly the same degree.

I know that people can understand the general idea through bad spelling and the rest, but it really, really helps the reader to be able to focus on the idea and not on the bad grammar.

If anyone in this audience would like to learn more about grammar and proper punctuation, I strongly recommend the book "Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation." It's educationally entertaining!

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