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Aug 27, 2013 02:05 PM

Would you correct / point out a spelling error on Social Media

or is that bitchy?

One of my all time favorite "better" restaurants just updated their status with what could be a careless spelling error or an auto correct. It was in the line of lose/loose, there/their, etc. Based on so many peoples reactions to bad spelling I was thinking they could lose business .

Would you say something?

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      1. No, but I would count it against them. If they can't be bothered to proofread their advertising, with what else are they sloppy/careless? If the error costs them customers, it's their just deserts. (BTW, it IS deserts, from the French, and not desserts. But that eggcorn error is so common that I'd let that particular one slide.)

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        1. re: greygarious

          If you don't mind me asking, how would you "count it against them"?

          1. re: jrvedivici

            Well, unless a restaurant or other business does something flagrantly dishonest/wrong the first time I go there, they'll get my repeat business. Your hypothetical example would be a few straws on the camel's back. I don't have a set limit but if they keep accumulating, the establishment will join my "fecal roster".

        2. Our local co-op's newsletter had too many errors for me to ignore. I sent them a nice email and they were very grateful. And when I'm available I help proofread. So, yeah, I'd let them know.

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          1. re: c oliver

            I've often thought about offering that service to newsletters I like. There's one I love that's grammaticaly correct most of the time, but the sentences are long- REALLY long, and they've yet to use a comma.

            1. re: EWSflash

              And it drives you to drink, huh? I feel your pain....

          2. Yea, kinda bitchy, unless it is a recurring error....that would grate on me enough to say something, politely of course. But who hasn't made a spelling error or been a victim of the dreaded autocorrect?

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            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

              I don't see it as unkind at all when it's a business, especially if it's in a context that's going to be repeatedly seen. I'd think it's a favor.

              1. re: c oliver

                It's not unkind to point it out, but it just depends on the tone of the "helpful" advice...... Some people get offended when they are corrected, whether they are in the wrong or not.

                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                  Depends on the situation. A local restaurant sent some people a copy of their opening menu to get some feedback on their dishes. They all looked rather appealing, except for the side dish that was spelled at least 2 different ways throughout the menu. I did point out the error to them because, frankly, it would have made the restaurant look stupid if they couldn't even spell the names of their dishes on their menu. They were grateful.

                  Would I do the same on Facebook or Twitter? No. Unfortunately, proper spelling and grammar is a thing of the past in those venues.

                  1. re: rockycat

                    Oh yes. You're correct in my book. Spelling & grammatical errors in print or on screen drive me batty. But I blame it on the Virgo in me. Not everyone can be perfect at spelling ;)