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Avoid the “Little” Mistakes That Could Cost You More Than You Think!

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Think that leaving a little spelling or grammar error in your writing won’t really matter in the long run?

After all, as long as you get the message across, that’s what matters most, right?

Not at all! Sometimes, a spelling mistake can cost you – big time! And there have been some hilarious mistakes in history, that show just how important it is to spell-check – and check again once more, just to be safe.

Read on – and make sure that you don’t make any of these terrible mistakes!

An $80 Million Hyphen

Punctuation is a really important part of language, and sometimes it’s easy to overlook, especially when you’re using an automated spelling and grammar checker.

But this costly mistake made by NASA might make you look over that document one more time before you hand it in!

In July 1962, NASA prepared to launch the Mariner 1 – the United State’s first attempt at exploring Venus. Pretty exciting stuff!

But a programmer had forgotten to place a vital piece of punctuation in the code written to work out the ascent of the ship, causing its destination to change, and ultimately destroying the $80 million spacecraft.

What can we say? That was one expensive hyphen!

Be careful with homonyms

The difference between spoken and written English is that while words might sound the same or similar, when they’re written down, they can sometimes have very different meanings.

Which makes it much harder to ignore a mistake, when it’s in print.

One very common mix-up you often see happens with the words, ‘to’, ‘too’ and ‘two’. While they all sound the same, they obviously don’t share the same meaning!

And this mistake made by a local news broadcaster left them looking very foolish – when they mistakenly complained that school was now “two easy for kids”, instead of “too easy”! All the more ironic, as it left them looking like they needed some spelling lessons themselves.

Make sure you use names correctly

When you’re writing about someone, especially somebody who is quite well known, you should always make sure that you have spelled their name correctly.

Making a mistake with someone’s name can not only look silly – it can seem disrespectful and even offensive, especially if it is quite an important document such as a letter for a job application.

Don’t make the same mistake as the huge fashion brand, Topshop – who mistakenly attributed a quote from William Shakespeare on one of their t-shirts  – to “Shakespere”. Just one missing letter ended up leaving them feeling humiliated as they were mocked by fans, and had to withdraw their stock!

Whatever you’re writing – whether it’s an email or text message, a formal letter or CV – always make sure that you’ve taken the time to check spelling and grammar thoroughly.

As these funny examples show, even a small mistake can have big implications, so don’t underestimate how important it really is to make sure that everything is completely correct!