Practise What You Preach

A college professor of English sent the following to his students, who were training to become writers:

“Before releasing anything you produce into the world make sure that you carefully smell check it first.”

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About Ben Naga

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Posted on July 24, 2017, in Not A Poem At All and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. 🤣🙃😆😅 Very good advice!

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    • Yes. A few days ago I caught myself just in time before I sent my wife an e-mail conveying heaving thoughts rather than the intended healing ones. 😳 This would have been particularly unfortunate, since nausea is one of the side effects of her medication.

      Of course there is a big difference between the odd typo and a complete misspelling. Some years back one of my staff handed in a sick note that explained she had been off with “dire rear”. Classic! And much easier to spell than the usual version too. 😀

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    • If you found that funny then you’ll probably enjoy this TRUE story I’ll recopy from my reply to Betty’s Comment above:

      Of course there is a big difference between the odd typo and a complete misspelling. Some years back one of my staff handed in a sick note that explained she had been off with “dire rear”. Classic! And much easier to spell than the usual version too. 😀

      (OTOH the story about the English professor isn’t true. I just made it up.)

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  2. I’d be happy if people just edit checked it first. Gosh, there’s a lot of bad grammar and punctuation out there 😦

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    • I don’t mind the odd mistake as long as the meaning becomes indecipherable and I am often impressed by how well a number of folk for whom English is a second language post here. There, you’ve caught me in one of my less judgemental moments. 😉

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      • Yes, for certain I am forgiving of those for whom English is not their mother tongue. It’s the ‘text speak’ stuff that’s more annoying 😉

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      • I horror of automatic robot speak (cashiers and receptionists are terrifically prone), clichés and “in words” but I try to avoid giving in to annoyance as I don’t find it does me any good either physically of spiritually. Which is not to say that I always succeed. (Yet. 🙂 )

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