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Grammar mistakes and spelling errors
Pointing out other people's grammar mistakes and spelling errors has turned into a favorite internet pastime.
From blog posts to emails, news articles and tweets, if there's an error in there, someone's going to comment on it.
Can you blame people to feel a certain sense of pride when they find a typo or spelling error? Honestly? It does make me feel good when I spot spelling errors or typos in famous, bestselling books.
But here's the thing: grammatical errors don't necessarily mean the author of the post, article, or book didn't know better. I constantly make a mistake writing "taht" instead of "that" especially when I'm texting.
The fact is that our brains are wired in a way that makes us all susceptible to grammar slip-ups.
Just think about it for a second. Even the fiercest Grammar Police person and the bestest editor makes mistakes, I've seen it many time.
Common grammatical errors such a "their" instead of "there" or "your" instead of "you're" and so on doesn't always happen because people don't know which word is correct (well, some people don't but most of us do). It happens because we focus on the content more than on the correct spelling of each and every word.
Did this make you feel better? Good!
Now spot the mistake in this GIF and comment on my post.
Storybook for children 4-12
A little girl teaches her family and her friends how to relate to someone who is hearing impaired.
When Grandma Rosa lost her hearing, Sandra and her parents became frustrated and sad. They didn’t know what to do and how to learn to communicate better with Grandma Rosa.
They tried shouting, changing the tone of their voices or leaning closer to her ear when they talked, to no avail. Rosa could hear some sounds clearly, but certain sounds she couldn’t hear well.
It became an everyday struggle for the family, and they missed the comforting family conversations at dinner time.
Sandra finds a website for hearing impaired people that explains how deaf people communicate. They start learning sign language and to “talk” with their fingers. Sandra and Grandma Rosa find realize that with compassion, love, and hard work, they can overcome the obstacles of disability.
English & Spanish
Erika M Szabo
Author of epic fantasy/magical realism novels and children's books, Publishing Coach at
Golden Box Books Publishing
Print & eBook