Making mistakes is a necessary part of our lives. We learn from them and get invaluable experience. Sometimes, however, it goes too far, and we have to deal with the aftermath. But are consequences always that bad?
We’ve decided to ask our users and find out if their writing mistakes impacted their lives or careers in any way. Let’s look at their stories and reflect on what they’ve learned from them.
Ankush Chopra, Consultant and Linguix user
“I was leading a massive change initiative for a large global organization. We were launching a new application for managing our finance operations. I had created an invitation mail for people to sign-up for the upcoming training sessions for the new application. I shared that invitation with my team to see if it creates the “pull” for people to sign-up. In the subject line, I inadvertently wrote “sing-up” instead of “sign-up”. The word sing did not come up in the spellcheck. Once I shared the email with my team, a couple of them started singing. I was left wondering for a few minutes till I spotted the error.
How it turned out:
“The situation did not impact me adversely; we all just laughed for a while and made the change in the email. However, it could have caused a massive embarrassment if I had shared it with 14,000 people without sharing it for a sense check with my team.”
“I have become cognizant of the fact that a spellchecker may not always fool-proof your work. Now I always use Linguix which is much beyond a spellchecker, to ensure that grammatical and contextual mistakes get caught before I share my work with others.”
Ann Kristine A. Peñaredondo, Social Media Marketing Strategist, Pin To Top Podcast Host and Linguix user
“I curate content for big brands. On one occasion, I worked on a content post for a country’s national day.
As always, I checked all the content I curated before and after I sent it to our graphic designer for content image preparation, and before I sent it to the client.
The batch of content was sent, including the national day greeting. The client approved it.
Weeks later, I saw notifications on the Facebook Page of the brand. To my shock, I mistakenly wrote the national day greeting a year before in the caption (50th anniversary instead of 49th!). The content image showed the right number (thank goodness), but the comments poured in, from “LOL too early” to “No regard to history. Probably the social media manager is not from here.”
Still feeling like a bucket of cold water splashed on me, I corrected the error in the caption. Then, I apologized in every single comment on the post. Good thing there were not a lot of comments, but it showed that there was some “concern” on the post prior to the changes.
I also informed my team leader and our CEO about it and apologized profusely.
The feeling like a bucket of cold water splashed on me? No emoji can represent that.
I now check my content twice as much as what I used to.”
How it turned out:
“I worked on a better way of checking my content. Even if I know that there’s lots of eyes reviewing what I do, I do my due diligence.”
“Just when you think you have reviewed your writing, review it again. And again. :)”
Clarence Thurman, Carpenter and Linguix user
“Once I was doing payroll. I was giving an explanation on why there were so many long lunches. I meant to type eating lunch while talking about job specifications, but instead, I typed eating Clint. Like an idiot, I hit send just as I realized what I had typed.”
How it turned out:
“Luckily our pay lady has a good sense of humor. Not 5 seconds passed before I started calling our corporate office apologizing and trying to explain the mistake.”
“Always read what you’re writing before sending anything.”
Harshita Katiyar, Content Writer and Linguix user
“I had great confusion one day when I was sick and had to take a day off. My colleague texted me, “Since you are sick today, what are you doing?” I replied, “Nothing dude, I’m just lying.” She was stunned that I was lying about my sickness to avoid coming to work. She did not clarify what she understood from my text about me. “But why are you lying?”, she asked me. I answered, “Because I wanted to, and I like lying.”Her shock returned, and she ceased to speak to me as she perceived me as a liar. After a few days, however, I understand why she isn’t communicating with me. I then explained to her that I was lying in bed, and that I like to lay around all day. Haha!
The fact that she stopped talking to me really made me feel embarrassed. And after knowing her reasoning, I understand that some words really need to be explained in detail.”
How it turned out:
“I would say that it does affect relationships. For these few words, I don’t want anyone to turn on me like she did because she stopped talking to me. The use of words such as lying-laying, ensure-assure, and compliment-complement does require deliberation when typing a text. While these words aren’t wrong per se, if misused, they can lead to regrettable decisions.”
“Every time I send a text to someone, I try to keep an eye on the words I am using and whether they need further explanation.”
It’s evident that inoffensive typos might become a real pain afterward. That’s why it’s crucial to check your pieces twice. To make the process faster and easier, you can use AI writing assistant Linguix to remove any errors instantly. Linguix not only highlights your grammatical, spelling and punctual errors but also analyzes your writing in context. Try Linguix for free here.