Friday, August 22, 2008

Grammatical Errors Do Not Make Me Want to Vote For You

On Tuesday, San Diego County will be holding an election to issue a bond to rebuild a nearby hospital. The official argument against the proposition contains blatant grammatical errors, typos, and misspellings a competent editor should have caught. A hint to people writing arguments for voter information pamphlets: typos don't make your arguments look well-reasoned, especially when part of your argument is an appeal to authority. It helps when your arguments are well-reasoned, but I suspect that a good copy-editor is easier to find than a philosopher.

And because this post contains a complaint about someone's grammar and competence as an editor, it's sure to contain at least one trivial mistake a competent editor should have caught. So I'll just go ahead and admit to being a poor editor and apologize for any typos and grammatical errors in advance. Finding them will be left as an exercise for the reader.


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