I’ve had grammar on the brain lately – more than usual – due to my upcoming gig at BlogHer ’12. So, when my husband pointed out my most recent grammatical error, I had to laugh. It really illustrates the value of proofreading everything before you hit the publish button. Or send, in this case.
Following is the short email conversation my husband and I had the other day. (We are having some landscaping done in our yard.)
Me: The sandbox seems to be set up now. Maybe you can fill it with the boys this evening.
My husband: Should I fill it with sand instead of the boys?
Me: Good point. You should probably fill it with sand.
And that’s why you should read things out loud to make sure you are writing what you intend.
P.S. After I wrote this post and saved it to draft, I got an email that said “Tweet to Support Pediatric AIDS.” This subject reminded me of a sign at the recent carnival by the house that said “Cans for Cancer.” It’s funny how we read these things and don’t think twice about intention. I’m fairly certain most people don’t support AIDS or cancer, yet that’s what the words say. Are we auto correcting in our brains?