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Right before Thanksgiving, the writing team decided it would be fun to blog about the things we’re thankful for for which we’re thankful. Being the Hollister Creative crew, though, we knew there had to be a twist. So it was not a Turducken or new cranberry sauce recipe — it was a list of errors we’d be thankful not to see, no matter what the time of year.

And so, without further ado (and with apologies to David Letterman), we present:

The Top 10 Errors We’d Be Thankful Not To See

  1. Inconsistent spaces around em- dashes and en-dashes. Really —is it that hard?
  2. Double negatives.  How can you not not dislike those?
  3. Sentences that end with prepositions. That’s something we always look out for.
  4. Misplaced modifiers. Seething with frustration, the editor’s red pen gets a workout when we spot these.
  5. Poor sentence/verb agreement. We is writers, so it really bug us!
  6. Unnecessary CAPITALIZATIONS
  7. Overuse of exclamation points!!!!!!
  8. Incorrect use of their, there and they’re. Their all basic grammar; they’re is no excuse for there misuse.
  9. Apostrophe abuse. Its a rampant problem.
  10. Spelling errors. Honestaly, with so many proofreeding tools available, we can’t understand some of the errors we see.

All joking aside, these 10 common English mistakes turn up far too often in corporate communications — everything from emails to marketing copy. Any time a customer sees an error in a piece of material from your organization, your company’s trust factor takes a hit.

That’s why we always recommend the same three steps before you publish (or hit “send”): proofread, proofread, proofread.

You’ll be thankful you did.

How good of an editor are you?

Can you find the 15 errors in our Top 10 Pet Peeves list?

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  1. Inconsistent spaces around em- dashes and en-dashes. Really —is it that hard?
  2. Double negatives.  How can you not not dislike those?
  3. Sentences that end with prepositions. That’s something we always look out for.
  4. Misplaced modifiers. Seething with frustration, the editor’s red pen gets a workout when we spot these.
  5. Poor sentence/verb agreement. We is writers, so it really bug us!
  6. Unnecessary CAPITALIZATIONS
  7. Overuse of exclamation points!!!!!!
  8. Incorrect use of their, there and they’re. Their all basic grammar; they’re is no excuse for there misuse.
  9. Apostrophe abuse. Its a rampant problem.
  10. Spelling errors. Honestaly, with so many proofreeding tools available, we can’t understand some of the errors we see.
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