Home > Features > Suffer The Spelling Nazi • Bookmark   • Newsletters   • Register Search Options

FEATURE

Suffer The Spelling Nazi

Suffer The Spelling Nazi

August 27, 2004
Text size: 
Get XBIZ News
XBIZ Research
Will virtual reality boost the paysite market?
Yes, it will soon
  39.66%
Yes, but in a few years
  36.87%
No
  23.46%
Out of 179 votes. Results based on votes submitted by members of XBIZ.net social network.

" Now, for those of you who are screaming about having problems with being able to spell or read or whatever due to a learning disability, perhaps you might consider letting someone else proofread what you wrote rather than just sticking it on a site and uploading it for people to try to decipher on their own.  "

So once again, your favorite redhead ranter has a bone to pick with you. (Get your mind out of the gutter.)

I’m going to be correcting some common spelling errors in this article and it may get rather lengthy, so grab your popcorn and soda and just hang in there. Do note that I do NOT endorse using a spell checker, because it doesn’t correct grammar-related misspellings. Be glad that I’m not going off on grammar in this particular article, or I’d have to publish it as a novel.

Off we go!

I often see this: congradulations! Take the ‘d’ out of there and replace it with a ‘t’. There is no ‘d’ in the word “congratulations.”

Sure is not spelled with an ‘h’ in it. If it looks like this: “shure”, then it’s wrong. Same goes for the word “sugar.” It sure sounds like it needs an ‘h’, but please don’t be tempted to throw the ‘h’ in there.

There is a difference between “your” and “you’re”, folks. “Your” refers to something being possessive, i.e., “Your head” while “you’re” is a conjunction of “you” and “are”, meaning that an action is being performed, i.e., “You’re reading this drivel.”

While we’re on the subject of differences in words, try this one: “Their”, “there”, and “they’re.” Another one of my sweet pet peeves, I see this one abused just about as often as the “your”/”you’re” bit. Let me clarify. “Their” refers to a group’s possession, i.e., “their money.” “There” indicates a place, i.e., “Put the book over there.” “They’re” is a conjunction of the words “they” and “are”, which once again, signifies an action or a state of being. “They’re beginning to get annoyed by all this spelling correction.”

It’s not hard to keep “its” and “it’s” apart. “Its” is possessive while “it’s” is a conjunction. Remember in the rules of English that if a word is a conjunction, it always gets an apostrophe, which cancels out the possessive of this particular word.

Speaking of apostrophes, when you are trying to make something plural, just tack an ‘s’ on it and move on. Apostrophes are not used to make something plural. They are used to show possession or to pull two words together into one. I am forever seeing things like “onion’s” and “dog’s” in reference to the plural form. Corrected, it would look like “onions” and “dogs”, which actually sounds really good right about now. Wish we had a Nathan’s here; I could go for a dog with mustard, onions, and relish.

Now, I understand typos happen to the best of us. However, what I’m trying to do is correct mistakes that happen on a seemingly constant basis. These are things that we should have learned by the time we got finished with the fourth grade, and yet I see them all over the place.

Now, for those of you who are screaming about having problems with being able to spell or read or whatever due to a learning disability, perhaps you might consider letting someone else proofread what you wrote rather than just sticking it on a site and uploading it for people to try to decipher on their own. This is part of making a website look good and appeal to the surfer. And if you don’t believe that spelling and good text on your site makes any difference, then perhaps you might check your wallet for the lost cash that your more educated, picky surfers might have spent.

Please, let’s not have the rampant errors that I see on many sites cost us the money that could have been. I know good text sells, and no matter what that good text may have to say, spelling errors can change the meaning in interesting ways. Remember to take a close look at what your site really says, and then ask a couple of people to look it over for you, or contact a professional writer to proof your site and fix it if need be.

Take care of yourselves! ~ Tala

MensNiche gives you top quality unique sites such as penis enlargement, herbal products, volume pills, sex guides, dating guides, tantra and XXX sites, paying out over $100 on some signups. Click here to visit www.mensniche.com


OPINIONS & VIEWS

Expanding Your Mastermind Group Should Be a Game Plan

After a decade of selling an automation software product for managing websites, it’s been interesting to follow the trends of our customers throughout the past year. At the end of every year, we... More »

‘Anything Interactive’ Will Be in Industry’s Future

With the new year upon us, many people focus on resolutions and 92 percent of those who make them don’t succeed in keeping them. Others look towards the future. Looking back to the early years of... More »

Focusing, Again, on Tradeshow Etiquette

I’m very excited to have been asked by XBIZ World to write the third part of my ongoing series of articles on tradeshow etiquette. In Part I of the series, I discussed business cards, substance... More »
XBIZ NEWSLETTERS
Stay informed of the latest industry developments. Get XBIZ newsletters delivered to your inbox. Subscribe today!
Enter email address:

* To manage existing subscriptions click here.






POPULAR PRODUCTS & SERVICES
Submit your press release to
multiple news outlets with 1 click.
Subscribe to RSS news feeds or
add free content to your website.
Access XBIZ news and articles
with your mobile device.
Subscribe to XBIZ Premiere magazine, the industry's leading adult retail trade publications, delivering the most timely and comprehensive business news and information to producers and retailers of adult products.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Everything To Do With Sex Show

Jan 27 - Jan 29
Halifax, Nova Scotia

The European Summit

Mar 04 - Mar 07
Barcelona-Sitges, Spain

The TEA Show

Mar 05 - Mar 06
Hollywood, CA

Phoenix Forum 2017

Mar 23 - Mar 26
Tempe, Arizona
Everyday thousands of business professionals browse XBIZ's industry directory for quality products and services. Not listed yet? Your company could be losing potential new business. Submit your company today!
Use XBIZ RSS feeds to stay informed of the latest industry developments or as a content syndication tool for your website!