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Dear Grandmom, Thanks for the crap.

August 16, 2010

Yes proofreading can be the difference between making a sale and losing a customer for life.

Many of you will remember my blog entitled, “Poo Free Polyester,” where a Columbian factory we had been looking at sent us a letter saying their garments were all “dootie” free. While we knew what they meant, I was thrown into a fit of kindergarten potty humor. It also made me question what kind of language barrier we may have.

Then there is a colleague of mine that wrote a letter to her client and instead of signing it “Kind regards,” she wrote, “Kind retards.” While that might have been accurate, the client was not thrilled to be called a retard.

And of course there is my daughter who was writing her thank you notes and instead of writing “crab” wrote “crap.” I’m sure my mother in law will love getting the note that says, “Dear Grandmom, Thanks for the crap.”

Yes proofreading is essential. Ironically, spell check has made things worse rather than better. The last two examples, “retard” vs “regards”, and “crap” vs “crab” would never have been picked up by spell check. We rely so heavily on spell check that we often do not even reread what we are sending before it is sent. So please take your time and proof your memos/notes/etc before you send them. Or you may have a very unhappy mother in law on your hands!

Kind retards,


3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jen shimp permalink
    August 16, 2010 2:50 pm

    That was the funniest post! I literally laughed out loud when I read “Kind Retards”….Just a few misplaced letters sure do make a difference, huh?

  2. stella permalink
    August 16, 2010 6:52 pm

    that is just so not funny. as the parent of a child with special needs I can tell you first hand that your humor sucks.

  3. tenniswall permalink
    August 18, 2010 1:07 pm

    It was not, nor ever, our intention to offend or upset our readers. We were just pointing out, with actual examples, what happens when people do not proofread their work. We are sorry this has upset you. Please accept our apologies.

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