The Gallery: Detail

I’m a detail kind of person. My motto in life (apart from a pessimist is never disappointed) is ‘sod the bigger picture, look at the typos’. (Yes, I I did make that motto up, it’s never going to be an answer on Catchphrase.) Because I’m blinded my detail. I can’t plan anything big – the house move, holidays etc are all down to my husband. I will be the one who is too busy worrying about if we’ve got suncream and enough to drink.

I’m not a strategic thinker and I don’t see the bigger picture. Give me a strategy or a policy to consider and all I will see is a mis-placed capital letter and a sentence that is too long. Capital letters shout at me. Words Read Entirely Differently If They’ve Got Capital Letters At The Start. Not many people understand this, the words all sound the same to them. But they’re not the detail people.

There is room in life for people like me, although society values us less than the big thinkers. The big thinkers will be at the top of the management pile, earning mega bucks but writing crap full of typos. Someone like me will be at the bottom of the pile, being useful and sorting the typos out (or packing the suncream).

But I’m putting my skills/ obsession to good use. I’m now proofreading as a freelancer. It’s sad, but I like nothing better than to log into someone’s website and whizz through it – sorting out the capital letters, getting rid of repeated words, cutting the sentences in half and adding commas. I find it quite therapeutic.

I saw this when I was out running the other day and it hurt me. That takeaway owner’s greengrocer’s apostrophe is so bad it’s almost like a physical pain. But what makes this particular detail SO special is that not only is it an incorrectly used apostrophe, it is an INCONSISTENTLY used incorrect apostrophe. Inconsistency is just twisting the knife. Why did the takeaway owner thinks that pizzas required an apostrophe, but not burgers and kebabs?

Burgers shop, The Gallery

Unless, as a couple of tweeters suggested, it is a kebab shop owned by the implausibly named Mr Burgers Pizza. In which case, it would make perfect sense and I would offer him my full apologies for my oversight.

Joining in with The Gallery at Sticky Fingers. Pop over to see how others have interpreted the theme of ‘detail’.

Author: Sarah Mummy

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28 Comments

  1. Hehe I love a good bad apostrophe. I saw someone tweeted an example of bad apostrophes the other day where someone had written “Thank’s” 😀

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    • Ouch! That really hurts.

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  2. I am similar. Sentences read differently to me if every word starts with a capital letter and I can spot a misplaced apostrophe a mile off.

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    • Yes! There are a few of us grammar geeks around, but not enough of them in my opinion!

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    • Ouch, there, they’re and their is painful! My personal pet hat is your for you’re. Why can’t people see that’s wrong?! I’m going to have to look at that website now, thanks.

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  3. That’s very interesting. I’ll keep you in mind when I need a proofreader. I’m a bigger picture kind of a gal and a problem solver so miss these things. Please remind me you do this. Hugs x

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    • Will do – and thanks! x

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    • Thanks! You couldn’t miss it, to be fair!

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  4. Love your post. I am so like you – at least at work. I drive my colleagues potty with my pickiness. Once I get into my personal life, though, I’m the one who never remembers the sun cream.

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    • Thanks very much. Everyone needs a picky colleague! (But it’s important to remember the suncream too, in my opinion!)

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    • Glad it’s not just me!

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  5. This is me all over! I’m so bad that I’ve found myself actively seeking out badly written signs as I walk about…

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    • Ha ha, there are a fair few of us around! 🙂

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  6. An interesting post and I’ve noticed that I’m always on the lookout for misplaced apostrophes and spelling mistakes. Took great delight in pointing out to a local coffee shop owner that cappuccino didn’t contain the letter ‘h,’ recently.

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    • Oh my goodness, that’s pretty bad!

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  7. Hehe this did make me chuckle.. Having said that I would more than likely be the one doing the typo that everyone’s laughing at! I do try and most of the time I am right. I would love to know what reason he had to leave out Burgers and Kebabs though 🙂

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    • It makes no sense at all! Thanks.

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  8. I must say this sort of thing bothers me not. I can fully appreciate why some are bothered by improper grammar / misspelled words, but it’s something I have always been able to overlook.
    He is a bit daft for the inconsistency I’ll admit

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    • To be fair, I think most people aren’t bothered. Most people read it the same regardless of punctuation. The inconsistency makes no sense at all!

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  9. Ha ha. Our canteen at work always makes me smile. They’re currently offering ‘sandwhiches’ and ‘chedder’ cheese. I work in education….. (although the canteen is an outside contract).

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    • Ouch! Do students get to see those signs? That’s really bad!

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  10. Love it! I think this is why me and my husband squabble. He is the big thinker, I am into detail. But with sunscreen – my grammar is rubbish x

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    • I think a relationship needs both types of thinkers. We’re just the same. (Although my husband’s grammar is pretty impressive. I think he learned from the master!)

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  11. I am actually having a hard time with my grammar lately. i dont know why I am suddenly confused with words. I am hoping its just a phase for not reading as much. But I am so sure that my grammar is not as bad as the one on the photo. I need to read again just to get my brain back to normal. #TheGallery

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    • Your grammar is nowhere near as that, Merlinda! I’m sure it must be hard to always get it right when English isn’t your first language. x

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