I just got one of those "introduction" letters from someone who just started their own business in the area and they want to do business with MPOW (My Place Of Work, as Karen always says). The person is a technical editor, copy editor, writer, proofreader and designer, or so the letterhead tells me. The new business offers editing, document production, writing and proofreading, something we all I know I could use. Here's part of the letter:
[company name]'s expancsion places us in a position to. . . .
I know I'm in no position to criticize others for poor spelling, but then, I don't sell myself as an editor. I'm not sure if I should be laughing, or just feel bad for someone who made a little mistake. To make matters worse, this sentence is one of only 2 that are bold so as to attract attention, otherwise I probably would've never noticed. We all make mistakes, but this one really cracked me up. I kept thinking maybe expancsion is some obscure technical term I didn't know, but no, it's just a spelling mistake, something I do every time I write, without spell check turned on.
I wonder, what's the right thing to do here? Should I email this person and tell them, what if this letter is still being sent out with the mistake? I really do feel bad for laughing in this case, but I just can't help it.