In this post I’m bringing you a very good example of the importance of researching and proofreading. But what do I mean by that? When I tell my students that they have to research, I’m simply asking them to check that the words they want to use are used in a similar way by native speakers. How can they find this out? Easy! Using a dictionary, googling, etc. Then we have proofreading, which basically involves checking that what you wrote makes sense, and that it’s free of grammatical or spelling errors. Is it too much to ask? Sometimes it seems so… If you don’t believe me, read the following anecdote.
The other day someone decided to get creative and poetic in the middle of a park in Granada (Spain). Among his or her many creations, the contemporary artist decided to write what you can see in the picture below: “Play and flay”.
Well, we can assume that what the author wanted to write is “Play and fly”, which, by the way, don’t even rhyme. However, he or she, in an attempt to make both words make sense together, wrote “flay”, whose meaning is clearly unknown to the artist. “To flay”, which -ironically- does rhyme with “play”, has several meanings, none of which are very pleasant. According to the Oxford Dictionary, “flay” is to strip the skin off a corpse or carcass, to beat or whip removing the skin, or to criticise harshly. Probably, something that the artist ignored completely.
So remember, don’t make a fool of yourself! Always do your research, and proofread afterwards! If you need more tools for this, remember to check out this post on dictionaries and other online writing tools. Everyone can make a mistake once in a while, but make sure you try your best not to! Otherwise you might end up with things that are worse than a graffiti. Grammarly recently posted an article on mistakes set in stone (in Spanish, grabados en piedra) which you can read here. Hope you enjoy the read and that you learn something from it!
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