This Saw Blade Can Do It All! (or: Proofreading Matters When Safety Counts)

This Saw Blade Can Do It All! (or: Proofreading Matters When Safety Counts)

I saw this sign while at a local hardware store waiting for some lumber to be cut. It would be one thing if this sign were scrawled on a piece of cardboard using a felt-tip marker. Then I could excuse the errors as being the result of some harried employee hurriedly writing these safety instructions. However, this sign was professionally printed and hung, and is probably one of many hanging in the different locations of this particular hardware store chain. That in and of itself is sad, that money and effort went into creating this...
6 Ways to Proofread Your Writing (and Avoid Looking Dumb)

6 Ways to Proofread Your Writing (and Avoid Looking Dumb)

Mistakes make us look stupid. Period. Mistakes in our writing also lower our credibility, whether they show up in a document, an email, or a chat message. When readers see errors in your writing, they might assume that: You’re a sloppy writer. Your spelling/punctuation/grammar knowledge is subpar. You’re not detail-oriented. You don’t care enough to check for mistakes. You don’t care enough about them to check for mistakes. Yet we are all moving (and writing) so fast that mistakes are inevitable. What to do? Accept that you’ll make...