Sporting Chic has gone through a lot of intra-company debates. There was the time where we couldn't decide what to do about interns, the time that Kristie and Steph had to move out of their apartment, the social issues raised at the airport, and the appropriate lounge outfit debacle.
We also do a lot of private debating about things that are considered publicly sensitive. These conversations almost always go like this.
Steph and/or Kristie: Can we post this?
But the longest running debate has been the one about grammar. Steph repeatedly tells me that people don't care about grammar, to which I just point to the 20+ emails that we have received either pointing out grammatical errors or suggesting we do a better job proofreading. Obviously, people care about grammar when they can't figure out what it is that we are trying to say.
Now, I'm not claiming that all of my articles are perfect. In fact, I think that people take even more glee in pointing out my mistakes. I try to proof-read Kristie and Steph's articles before they go up, but obviously I miss things here and there. Yes, I was an English major, but we really just read a lot of books. I don't actually know what syntax means and I still get confused about a few apostrophe situations. However, I can recognize a run-on sentence thanks to my 4th grade teacher and I know the difference between "your" and "you're." (Unlike our favorite ragamuffin. Check her Instagram if you don't believe me.)
So I want to take this opportunity to expand on some of the grammatical errors that I have to correct every day. Starting a company as a 24-year-old woman with my sister and our best friend, I expected there to be some issues. I did not expect this.
- Kristie spelling "exposure" as "esposer" in an email to a prospective featured athlete that we have never met (dated 4/23/17)
- The constant use of the expression "I use to" instead of "I used to." (both of my colleagues are culprits of this)
- When Steph uses quotation marks and writes something like this (please don't overlook the "your"):
My mom goes"hey steph what do you think your doing"
- Spelling "replies" as "replys" (Steph)
- This one isn't grammar, but Steph constantly makes her titles things like, "We Need To Stop Fueling the Stereotype that Swearing in Women's Sports is Taboo" and "The Christmas Card Situation in the Housewife World In Winchester Is Out of Control" etc, etc. As far as I know, titles aren't supposed to be longer than articles.
- There are sentences that are so poorly constructed, I can't even edit them without rewriting the entire paragraph. This happens once an article when I'm proofreading for Kristie or Steph. I've gotten in the sloppy habit of just leaving them because, as Steph says, "No one cares."
I've brought these issues to Steph's attention on repeated occasions. I've tried everything, from saying, "I really appreciate how much you're doing," to using tough love, to refusing to speak to her for three days. Nothing works or ever gets through to her. Rather, she says something along the lines of one of these four things:
- Cool people don't care about grammar
- I'm a big picture content guy
- Do you see CEOs editing their own papers
- Albert Einstein was dyslexic and look at him
Then we have the Twitter typos. Twitter is tough because there is no "edit" button. Once it's out there, it's out there. It's really tough to leave up a tweet that has a blatant error. Most recently? "Analyze the roster of every team in your new arena like its life saving manual on a deserted island." Like its life saving manual? We know what you mean, but did you read it over before hitting that little blue button?
Our email Newsletter is also irreversible. Once it's gone, we can't take it back. Steph, bless her heart, repeatedly sends out newsletters with typos. I am going to go ahead and give her a public pass on this because it is not fun to make newsletters and she does it without complaining.
Other issues that our company cannot seem to grasp: the appropriate number of times to use a comma in a single sentence, when-an-expression-needs-dashes-like-this, when apostrophes are necessary, when a colon should be a semi-colon, and finally...
To, too, and two- You claim to know the difference, but your actions do not demonstrate anything of the sort.
I need to keep in mind that we all (supposedly) bring equal parts of importance to this company. Steph brings the viral articles with her humor and rebelliousness while Kristie brings a knowledge of the fashion world that hundreds of people desperately flock to. I bring an elementary level of understanding of the English language, which goes a much longer way than people might think. Thanks for bearing with us as I try to teach my business partners the difference between "there" "their" and "they're." We appreciate your patience.