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We’ll give you 60 seconds to spot these 9 writing errors

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"You can get away with plenty in your speech, but when words hit the page in permanent black and white, there's nowhere to run." – from Proofread With Perfection: Proofreading and Editing Techniques for Flawless Communication


Speaker and trainer Dr. Fred Kniggendorf was watching the local news recently and saw a reporter ask a scientist if he had a way to "predict avalanches before they happen." The scientist replied, "Well, I guess there's not much use in predicting them afterwards."

A harmless verbal faux pas on the reporter's part, surely. After all, no one's keeping score. But how often are you letting seemingly innocent communication glitches like the one he made into print, where they're much more noticeable and likely to reflect poorly on you as an employee?

At one point during his webinar on proofreading and editing, Fred asked attendees to quickly read nine sentences to see if they could pin down what was wrong wi...(register to read more)

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Theresa Dweh Sheriff April 3, 2015 at 2:00 am

Wow! that was brain teasing. I think I’ll love more of it.


Susan March 30, 2015 at 1:26 pm

#1–me and further
#3–rosemary and me
11 examples.


Rob, Business Management Daily March 30, 2015 at 1:52 pm

Nailed it!


Susan March 30, 2015 at 1:11 pm

#1–it drives me crazy! It seems like everyone in business does this.
“Please schedule a meeting with Paul, Joseph and myself.”
Ugh! It’s like scraping fingernails on the blackboard for me. Who started this? Stop it!
Another is “ourself.” Our is plural. It should be “ourselves.” Can’t tell you how many times I hear it and see it written.


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