Grammar

Why I Don’t Have a Spelling Disclaimer in My Smartphone Signature

A friend of mine has an elaborate spelling disclaimer as part of her email signature and it appears whenever she sends an email from her smartphone.

What goes in the default email signature that you send from your smartphone? For some people, they tack on a grammar and spelling disclaimer.

I don’t.

To people who use them, it strikes me as too convenient a way get around pesky little things like typos, allowing them to dodge responsibility to be clear in their communications.

Oh, yes, I realize that it’s almost easier to make a typo when you’re typing on those small screens than it is to simply spell a word correctly the first time. But that ought to mean the onus is on the sender, not the recipient, to work harder to get the right words across.

A reader of the Jewish Exponent in Philadelphia, who signed their name as “Too Many Mistakes,” wrote to “Miriam’s Advice Well” about a co-worker who apparently makes little effort to correct typos.

This was just a portion of Miriam’s response:

On the one hand, nearly everyone I know has a disclaimer about typos when sending messages from their phones, and texting has made everyone lazier about precision in our collective communication, so this problem is not isolated to your co-worker. On the other hand, the prevalence of technology means that checking and fixing mistakes should be pretty straightforward, and not to do that in a professional context is a serious oversight.

I’m one of those folks who actually does take time to make sure there aren’t typos in my emails and text messages. I think it’s what I’m supposed to do if I’m going to be sending messages from my device.

More importantly, I think it shows disrespect to the people I’m sending the message to if I don’t make every effort to correct typos.

I’ll even correct a text composed through the handy “speak to text” feature many rely on these days. It does help reduce the frequency of typos, but it’s not perfect, especially when it comes to proper names and regional colloquialisms.

The funny thing is, I’m less offended at the person from whom I receive a text or email with an occasional typo than I am with myself if I send one.

But I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels that way.

We’ve all done it. We’ve all sent a text or a quick email from a phone and missed a misspelling. It’s entirely too easy to do. But I think it’s important to take one extra moment before hitting “Send” to re-read and see if there’s something we missed.

To me, if the message is so urgent that it needs to be sent quickly, it should also be urgent enough to be correct!

How about you? Do typos or grammar mistakes in text messages and emails bother you at all?

2 Comments

  1. I agree with you 1,000 percent! If you can be bothered to send a message, then stop using U and R and fix the typos. At the very least, turn on the spellchecker and pay attention. Do something!

    I try to be sure to actually proofread it verbally; I find it more likely that I will hear the problem, rather than just reading it over. This helps a lot.

    In a professional setting, typos are the worst thing one can have. No exceptions.

    1. Thanks, Aislínge…it amazes me how “relaxed” people get nowadays with such things. Granted, with the tiny buttons, it’s EASY to make errors. But it’s just as easy to catch them now, too! 🙂

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 27 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.