Fishing and Renal Services

Fair or not, readers evaluate what we say by how we say it. If our writing contains typos, we signal to our readers that we don’t care about what we’re saying, and if we don’t care, why should they? Every typo chips away at our credibility.


Typos come in three sizes. First, the little typo: We’re not confused, just amused:


the current plat is not economically feasibility

those who have conducted experiment with Oust

and so it not surprising

Forest service

which is also accords with

based on Jeff’ email

its ability to indicate with when someone is responding

initiate an action for recover of a fraudulent transfer

prior to the terminating the APX contract


Second, typos that might be more serious problems like grammatical slips or incorrect word usage; we’re not sure. These make colleagues and clients wonder, “If they can’t get the simple things right, how can I trust them to straighten out the more complicated stuff?”


the independent contractors’ conduct were incidental

the principals acts of ratification

it is TRM, and not the customers, who seek relief

plaintiffs experts looked at the evidence


Third, clumps of words that make no sense:


Accordingly, Unico’s best defense is to argue that the independent contract department from the ordinary course of conducting the activity.


If I’m Unico’s in-house counsel, I’m thinking, “Wow, that’s my best defense? And the guy who wrote that sentence is representing me in front of a judge who's going to decide what happens to us?”


Every writer needs an editor. (See Tip: “A Secret Writing Weapon.”) Have your secretary or a colleague proofread everything you send down the hall or across the country. A proofreader does not need an advanced degree to spot slips like these:


on a number if occasions

an attorney is compelled withdraw

$110,000 per year as well was the opportunity to earn commissions

a number of claims against employees and potential the corporate entity

Under Oregon law, pesticides are considered hazardous waste under Oregon law.


Last, you’ve heard it before: Do not rely on spellcheck or grammar check. Centuries before such programs were available, the scribes' misspelling of public provided raucous entertainment for kings and queens, beggars and serfs. Since the inception of this software, we have seen not a dent in the misspelling, from National Pubic Radio, to our president's new pubic policy, to pubic relations, to the monthly meeting of Pubic Information Officers. And of course we all want to provide our children with a good pubic education. I'm sure I missed a few.


Rental and renal are also spelled correctly. But in the energy production sector along the Texas Gulf Coast, we should not confuse them:


Fusion offers a variety of onshore energy production services, including workover services, fluid and logistics services, fishing and renal services, and drilling.


Make sure they wash their hands first.


We all make mistakes—you know I do; we’ll never get it 100 percent correct. But at the level at which we write, we have to be correct almost all of the time. So either read carefully for typos in one final pass, or have someone you trust do that for you. And both of you should use WordRake to help you find the extraneous words that obscure the words with meaning. Your credibility rides with every sentence.

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Gary Kinder
Gary Kinder has taught over 1,000 writing programs for the American Bar Association, the Social Security Administration, PG&E, Kraft, Microsoft, and law firms like Jones Day, Sidley, and WilmerHale. His critically-acclaimed Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea hit #7 on the New York Times Bestsellers List.

In 2012, Gary and his team of engineers created WordRake editing software to provide writers a full-time, reliable editor; to save them time and money; and to give them the confidence their writing is as clear and concise as they can make it. The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office has awarded nine patents to WordRake's unique technology, and Harvard Law School has recognized WordRake as "Disruptive Innovation."