I wouldn’t go as far as to say that I know these people personally, but I have traded correspondence with them in many different times.
And as I was sitting there happily with the opportunity to learn more about these people, the flow of the article had a hiccup as I noticed a typo.
Then it happened again. Another typo. And then another. Then another. Then another.
Five, six, even seven times that I recall with these grammatical errors that kept happening.
It obviously wasn’t just a simple typo. Apparently the conjugation of the word “debut” was tripping the author up pretty bad.
Or at least it was tripping me up from being able to read it with comfort and pleasure.
And I understand that everyone on the planet is going to slip and have some kind of error once in a while. Some more frequently than others.
The joy suddenly was gone. It had vanished. The thought of getting to know someone by this article was washed over by the insurmountable number of writing errors. Like I said, it wasn’t a typo… like typing the wrong key on the keyboard next to the appropriate one by mistake. This was horrible grammar and bad language skills.
It was then that I thought about introducing an alter ego.
CAPTAIN RED PEN
Able to catch and mark errors in a single stroke!!!!
Although I am pretty sure that Captain Red Pen would not be a beloved character for any comic or book or story. As a matter of fact, I kind of believe that Captain Red Pen would be somewhat hated and loathed. Hated by those who suffer under the indictment of the American education system and/or their lack of simply trying during their education.
A mistake is one thing. A full article of them is another. And it just takes away from the message that the author was trying to put across to their readers and makes them shake their head thinking about things other than what they were just reading about.
But how do you feel about it? Do you find it helpful or just annoying when people come to you and point out a mistake that you made?
I am kind of on the fence about it. I get really frustrated when things like the events of this morning happen. But then again if I was to be writing on something that was really important, I would want to know if there was something that was needing correction.
One thing is for sure about me, reading the constant error of the word “DEFINATELY” really just sets fires to my bushes!!!
Not definately. And not defianetly.
So I may just mull around the idea of Captain Red Pen coming to life. I’m sure that we’ve all had a moment or two in life where we really wanted our own red pens to come to the surface. Some of us has had the courage to use it, others have not.
What do you think? Tell me in the comments below.