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?
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’.