LinkedIn question sparks heated debate.

A current discussion among the LinkedIn group Creative Designers and Writers has created quite a debate over the past two weeks, and I've enjoyed seeing the comments pour in. Here is the question that was posed:

Can spelling mistakes undermine company credibility?  Yes/No

The answers have varied from those who think spelling doesn't matter anymore (now that we have Twitter) to those who believe, as I do, that poor spelling indicates poor attention to detail and presents the company in a less than professional light.

I was glad to see that most who have responded believe spelling is important.  Here are two answers (used with permission) that I thought put it quite well:

From Mark Dawson, owner of a print shop in the United Kingdom: "Errors indicate either that the author doesn't know any better (and it's not hard) or doesn't care enough (which is sloppy)."   In another comment on this discussion, Mark pointed out the error in someone else's comment–that spelling CAN undermine  a companies  (sic) credibility but may or may not actually do so.  Mark pointed out that this should be written "a company's credibility" and added that "as one side of the argument is keen to assert, such errors undermine the overall credibility of the author.


From Francisco Ysunza, a technical/science-oriented professional consultant and literature lover who needs and likes to read and write in Spanish and English one to twelve hours a day: Call me old-school, but even after being exposed for years to sooo many mistakes in published written and advertisement pieces, I still automatically think of a poorly educated professional behind the job….For me, such findings (misspellings) bring their credibility (or their company's) down the scale because it shows carelessness in one or many ways, from the person's writing activity to the recruitment within the company….A typo is something I tolerate to the point that I do not make observations about it anymore in our current fast-paced communication, although it may stain a business interaction.  But plain misuse of words or sloppy punctuation (and typos, of course) in a text designed to be formally read by others is just unacceptable, whether it comes out of lack of detailed review (proofreading) or underprepared staff.  I think we all need to care more about it.


Ysunza makes the good point that, although typos "might" be tolerated in quick emails or Twitters, they have no place in text that is to be published.  Proofreading is the key.

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3 Responses to “LinkedIn question sparks heated debate.”

  1. Brett says:

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  2. Tom says:

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