It’s always just one more set of eyes that will catch something when you are writing and editing. So always ask, one more person to take a look at something that has been written. Spellcheck? No, don’t count on it, as it doesn’t take into account many, many things like if a word is incorrectly spelled but spelled in a way that makes it another word.
In college I took several public relations courses. In one of these classes, we had a final project where we put on a event and “owned,” a theme night at the Stockton Ports, a local minor league baseball team. As part of the planning, t-shirts were created for “staff,” that included a mention of the class hosting the event, which was the “Public Relations Administration – Spring……” The shirts were ordered, logos were checked and when picked up the morning of the event read, “Publuc Relations…..” Now, this was a single line on a busy back of the shirt. Good? Not even close, but “Public,” has many unfortunate ways it can be incorrectly spelled.
Take a look at the Twitter feed from this weekend from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT-Austin:
Wow! What could have prompted that? One of the other, “unfortunate,” incorrect spellings of “public,”: