Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Grammar

‘Hamberders’? Proofreading Matters…Even on Social Media

The latest typo from President Donald Trump, ‘hamberders’ instead of ‘hamburgers,’ prompts a question: is it really so hard to proofread before you post?

After President Donald Trump hosted a celebration at the White House for the Clemson Tigers, he tweeted about the night.

The original tweet was later deleted and then a new tweet went up without the typo. But the first time around, Trump posted that he served the players “massive amounts of Fast Food,” adding the he paid for “over 1000 hamberders etc.”

The tweet was up long enough for people to latch on to the latest grammar gaffe from the same leader who has tweeted about “boarder security,” a “smocking gun” and the ever popular “covfefe.”

At what point do you proofread before you post?

Sure, in this case, everyone knows he meant to say “hamburgers.”

We know it should have said border security, not boarder. And “smocking”? Yeah, it should have been smoking.

If you’re the president, you can seemingly get away with it, even though the typo will cause a major distraction in the form of yet another flame war. And, predictably, the people who are raising the biggest stink about typos like “hamberders” are the people who’d likely let it slide if a president of the opposing party had committed the same error.

Some will also say that he may have been using something like a “talk-to-text” option and the device, not the person, may be responsible for the typo. But it’s still the person who has to actually commit the mistake by pressing that Post button.

Still, these “mistweets” could serve as a reminder to the rest of us: proofreading is your friend. If you can’t take time to give what you post one more look before you actually post, maybe you shouldn’t post.

Aside from the potential grammar or spelling errors, you might be doing something even worse: posting in anger at a time that prudence might suggest you take a few more deep breaths first.

1 Comment

  1. I usually come to the conclusion that the person who posts “typos” does not have much respect for those who may read them. Would they expect to get their point across to someone, should they be talking directly to them, with horribly bad breath? I find both to be offensive. Of course, a typo is impossible in speaking aloud, but what some call a typo is often just an excuse for improper use of the language.

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