Paula gets irritated by GPS errors i.e. Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling.
Your going to have to
watch you’re grammar! Does this make you cringe? It ought to! How many
times have you seen ‘your’ and ‘you’re’ used wrongly? Or Their, They’re and
There? I can cope with this kind of error on Facebook and Twitter – after all,
people are often dashing off quick responses, and we all make errors and/or
I can usually forgive GPS errors in blogs too, since many
bloggers are not aspiring to be authors. However, if I see this kind of error
in a book blurb (as I did recently), or worse still, in the text of a published
book, it’s a huge turn-off for me. All it says is that (a) either the author
doesn’t have a clue about correct GPS or (b) he/she hasn’t bothered to do a
thorough and careful edit or (c) has an ‘editor’ who hasn’t a clue either!
I firmly believe that, as authors, it is our responsibility to
write correct English. By that, I mean we should know and obey the basic rules
of GPS. Admittedly, some can be broken, but we need to know which can and which
I’ll stick my neck out and say the rules concerning
apostrophes should never be broken, but frequently are. I’ve recently seen
‘Lilians’ hand’, and ‘The Bartlett’s were going on vacation’. In the latter
case, the author (admittedly not a published author but one who writes a lot of
online fan-fiction) replied to someone (not me) who pointed out that it should
be ‘Bartletts’ saying ‘It looks better with an apostrophe’. I was speechless!
There are plenty of grammar websites where authors can check
on GPS rules. Although I was fortunate to be educated at a time when there was
great emphasis on grammar, I still have to check on things sometimes. I just
wish some other authors would do so too!
What grammar or punctuation errors irritate you the most?