Ouch! Wrong Word!

By
Services for Real Estate Pros with Marte Cliff Copywriting

Sometimes a word in a sentence just jumps out, hits you, and makes you think "Ouch!"

Such was a word in an email I received this morning. It was a forward from a friend, and it had a very fine patriotic message, with quotes from some of our great leaders of the past. The trouble was in the introduction.

It said "This bares repeating." Ouch!! 

Here are a few more "ouch moments" I've collected from websites, emails, and blog posts: 

"Replace the headshot photo on your site and on your social media profiles with one that shows you laughing, or wearing a crazy hat, or with your hair died."lady with a headache

I past out fliers

gather their personal affects

it through us all for a loop

I’ve considered it and whole Hartley disagree with you

the perspective buyer

Wholly cow for holy cow

Out spoken for outspoken

 

Anymore patients for this ~  for any more patience for this

Side of the rode

digs their heals in

Give them a peak at

 

Be careful! Spell check isn't going to catch these for you, because there's nothing wrong with their spelling. They're just the wrong words.

Re-read what you wrote before you turn it loose. 

"Head Ache" image by Michal Marcol @ freedigitalphotos.net

Comments (24)

Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Not only does spell not catch these error, but sometimes the automatic spell check comes up with a word that doesn't make sense.

Jul 08, 2014 12:03 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Joan - Oh yes! Grammar check has sometimes told me to write something that was clearly wrong. 

Jul 08, 2014 12:04 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Marte, I think that with all of the texting and tweeting, people are getting quite careless with their language usage.

Jul 08, 2014 01:08 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Patricia - I expect you're right about that. It's a new attitude: "I'll write it and you can see if you can figure out what I meant."

Unfortunately, prospective clients aren't going to go to that much trouble. 

Jul 08, 2014 01:44 PM
Tom White
Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com - Franklin, TN
Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN

Marte, I try, but I know I mess up from time to time. Ooops. BTW, I love the "whole Hartley". Must be related to the "Full Monty". Too funny.

Jul 08, 2014 02:08 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Tom - That was a funny one, wasn't it? I expect someone had heard it, thought it sounded good, and just guessed at how to write it. Either that, or their auto correct did it for them! 

I think auto-correct makes it more important than ever to read before you send. 

Jul 08, 2014 02:34 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Yes, it does seem like there are many that need to go back to school.  It's sad.

Jul 08, 2014 08:45 PM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Spell check has definitely not helped folks learn to spell and worse, it gives a false sense of security.  People think if spell check didn't pick it up, everything is good to go.  

I can BEARLY (ha ha) read the newspaper or any printed media these days!

Jul 08, 2014 10:29 PM
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Marte,  We see so many blogs in the Rain where the author clearly has not taken the time to make sure they are speaking (writing) intelligently.  Reading what you write out loud before your put it out there is a great way to catch most blatant mistakes.

Jul 09, 2014 12:03 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Debbie - What seemed of little importance back in high school can seriously harm careers in adulthood. Too bad teachers can't make students understand that. 

Susan - I so agree about spell check. I like it, because it alerts me to my wonderful typos, but now and then it tries to tell me to use a word that is clearly incorrect. If I didn't know better, I'd obey. 

Belinda - I see the same thing on web pages. I know that some of my pages have errors that even my repeated readings have missed - a friend in the Rain pointed one out to me just recently. (Thank goodness for friends.) But some pages are so full of errors that you know you aren't looking at a typo. It seems to me that everyone should read what they've published - but perhaps some don't. 

Or... they don't know an error when they see one. 

Jul 09, 2014 01:10 AM
Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR
BROKER of Green Realty Properties® - 954-667-7253 - Davie, FL
Top Listing Broker

I wonder how many listing they have to be so busy to re-read their work. Thanks for the laughs!

Jul 09, 2014 02:48 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Patty - some of those goofs really are funny. I think I should start a new collection. 

Jul 09, 2014 02:56 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Marte ... Love your post and you have found a featured to the group:

EXPRESS WITH WORDS AT ACTIVERAIN

VB 

Jul 09, 2014 11:07 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Thank you Vegas Bob - I'm beginning to feel like your resident nag. 

Jul 09, 2014 11:31 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Marte- no excuse but while I do proofread, I still find myself missing some of the oops moments. Thank you, as always, for keepin us on our toes. 

Jul 11, 2014 08:10 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Kathy - What fun would we have in life without "oops" moments? We all have them - no matter how many times we read and re-read. I try to leave the work alone for at least a couple of hours before I read it for the last time - so that my mind won't "see" what isn't there because I think I just wrote it. Even then, I can miss things. 

Jul 11, 2014 08:23 AM
Pat McCormick
Long and Foster Manassas - Manassas, VA

Marte - Wholly cow would be better to meet (or a better meat?) than partially cow!  Applying the literal meaning to these mistakes can be really entertaining.

Jul 12, 2014 12:29 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Pat - Yes, you can come up with some funny mind pictures. I believe the cows in my neighborhood are all wholly cow, but I have heard of some that are not.

They're called "beefalo" and they're partially cow, partially buffalo. Some say they're better meat than a cow that's wholly cow, but I doubt if they're a better meet, because buffalo are known to be a bit ill-tempered. 

Jul 12, 2014 02:34 AM
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Marte~ One of my pet peeves is "touching bases with you".

Jul 14, 2014 02:36 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Donna - I agree! There's someone in my past who said that a lot, and it was annoying.

I can't think who it was - must have inherited my Mom's ability to "erase" people when I don't much like them. 

Jul 14, 2014 04:12 AM