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Some Spelling Errors Are Worse Than Others

Some Spelling Errors Are Worse Than Others

by Frank Roche on August 10, 2007

in Communication, Writing

Chi-town

Spelling errors in HR communications can feel like a tragedy. But that can be redone. What if you got a tattoo with a misspelling?

This guy got a tattoo that was supposed to say Chi-town. (I’m a native Chicagoan, and that’s what we always called it — like “shy town”.) But the tattoo artist transposed two letters, so he got a tattoo on his neck that says Chi-tonw. Brutal.

So what’s a bad tattoo have to do with HR communication? It’s a matter of perspective. Sometimes people think that every single word gets read and re-read, like the latest Harry Potter novel. But that’s not how it is at all. When you communicate with employees, it’s often a one time event. It’s the essence of the communication that matters, not the individual words. It’s the totality, not the little things.

I’m not saying that spelling mistakes are right or advocating for People for the Ethical Treatment of Flubs. Get it right. But there’s a big difference between right and satisfying every single person. After all, everyone with a pen thinks he’s a communicator. Hopefully they’ll stay away from the tattoo ink.

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