reference booksMistakes make me mad.  We all make them and some are totally unavoidable, but when it comes to the ones that are… nothing else (except maybe leggings worn as pants) gets my blood boiling faster.  Alright, alright, that sounds awfully extreme.  The mistakes that are most offensive to me also happen to be the most avoidable.  Those mistakes are the ones that never even had to happen had someone done his or her homework.

It irks me to no end when I’m minding my own business and I hear a news correspondent or “expert”  mispronounce something that they were presumably paid to talk about and educate the general public on.  I get so mad, in fact, I flip off the TV and open up my laptop only to find writers and bloggers misspelling words and/or using the wrong ones.  Doesn’t anyone do their homework anymore?  I think spelling may be the worst of all.  I get that not everyone is a spelling bee champ and even I struggle with certain words from time to time, but you know what I do when I’m not sure?  I look it up.  It’s always so awkwardly embarrassing when I see people get onto their own little soap boxes only to spell everything wrong and negate all that they’ve just said.  The worst part about spelling mistakes?  The little red squiggly line that shows up.  Um, hello??!!  Here’s a good rule of thumb: If you can’t spell it, don’t use it.  Using a big word to make yourself sound smarter only to misspell it makes you look, well, stupid.

Have we gotten so lazy that we can’t even take a moment so as not to look like total dunces?

Instead of actually doing some research or thinking for ourselves, we just believe everything we hear spouting out of the TV or read on the internet.  It’s like a modern day game of “telephone” and it’s entirely possible that the original source wasn’t even accurate.  And while I know, a lot of us use the internet as a reference point, you’ve got to be careful.  Just because it’s on the internet doesn’t mean it’s true.  In this digital age, it’s imperative to get your facts straight.  Once you put something out there… it’s out there.

So, I guess my point is this:  if you’re going to make the effort to do something, spend a little extra time making sure that you do it right.  I do my very best to always make sure that anything I post is accurate and relevant.  Remember when I was going to buy myself a cute little hedgehog?  Well, it’s a good thing I did my homework.  Had I not, this post may have never been written due to missing digits.



P.S. If you can find the type-o in this post, you win!  (Just kidding… unless, of course, you find one).