A Mother’s Pride and Joy!

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I was so proud of my sixth-grader-to-be the other day when he read a post­card giv­ing direc­tions to camp and noted a mis­spelling. “They mis­spelled ‘through,’” he said after barely a glance at the card. “What,” I inquired, “did they spell it t-h-r-u?” But as I was about to explain that infor­mal spelling to him, he said, “No, they used the wrong form: t-h-r-e-w.” Sure enough, there it was: some­thing to the effect of going “threw” some lit­tle town to get to the camp.

This is the sort of error busi­nesses and orga­ni­za­tions who com­mu­ni­cate with the pub­lic really want to avoid in order to retain cred­i­bil­ity and pro­fes­sion­al­ism in the eyes of their clients. It’s a mis­take that might come of sim­ply not know­ing the dif­fer­ence between “through” and “threw” or because, as can hap­pen to any of us, as you’re typ­ing the mes­sage, three other things are going on in the office at the same time — maybe one of which is your coworker telling how her son threw a great pitch at tee-ball, and your mind picked up on that use of the word and it got dropped into your mes­sage. It hap­pens to the best of us!

Look for a good proof­reader and pass every ounce of pub­lic com­mu­ni­ca­tion past him or her before it goes pub­lic. A brief post­card would take a proofer 15 min­utes or less — and you’d pay a small fee for a great return!

By the way, “threw” is the past tense of “throw”; “through” (infor­mally “thru”) is the prepo­si­tion for going into and then out of some­thing.

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