Oops, Part 2 – Is there typo in your e-mail?

Copywriting mistakesShortly after I posted my e-mail about my embarrassing mistake in using “your” instead of “you’re” in one of my e-mail subject lines, I received 3 e-mails from colleagues – each with a typo.

I promptly responded to each one of them, told them what happened to me and pointed out their error.

They thanked me and while we might have each been a bit embarrassed by our mistake, we agreed that it wasn’t the worst thing in the world. We proofread our work and strive to be professional. However, sometimes we make mistakes and they’re simply honest errors. We’re all just human, aren’t we?

Here are the three typos I came across in my colleagues’ messages:

#1. “I can give you my complementary time..” Oops, should have been, “I can give you my complimentary time….”

#2. “I want to her from you!” Oops, I think he meant “I want to hear from you!”

#3. Personally, this one was probably the most embarrassing. It read, “If you listened to my teleclass on getting unsuck (if you haven’t – why not?” Ouch! Do you think she meant “unstuck?”

So, how about you? What typo have you made that slipped past your watchful eyes before you hit the “send” key? Did it result in a chuckle, an embarrassing moment or both? Please share your (not “you’re”) comments below. I’d love to hear from you. Thanks!

Debra Jason

Marketing & writing with heart, not hype at at The Write Direction
A recipient of the “Creative Person of the Year” award, Debra educates and empowers creative solopreneurs and enthusiastic business owners to create a lifestyle business that provides them with the flexibility, fun and freedom to do what they love. She also inspires you to communicate your marketing message in a way that captivates and converts your prospects into loyal, raving fans - even if you have been struggling with how to transform your ideas into words in the past.


  1. Mine was actually a Facebook post. Well, here, it’s easiest if I just share. Can you find the problem?

    “Am I missing something? I’ve recently seen a few people post the phrase “good on you” followed by the person’s name. Is there that many people that don’t know proper grammar or is this a new way to say “good FOR you”?”
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    • Hi @Nicole. Yes, it happens in Facebook posts too. I get frustrated that you just can’t edit your post when you catch a mistake you’ve made.
      With regard to your post, I’d make a few changes. First, I’d say: “I recently saw a few people post the phrase “good on you,” followed by their name.”
      Then, since you referred to a “few people,” your question that follows should have read: “Are there that many people who don’t know proper grammar. . . ?”

  2. Hi Debra:

    Mine was not a typo, but it sure was an embarrassing boo-boo. I wrote a series of articles on creativity, and I titled the series something like “Unlocking the Left Brain.”

    But shame on me, I meant to use “Right Brain”. What’s wore, I was the editor of that section. For this magazine, all the eds would vet each others work. No one else caught it either. Once it was published ‘live’ as a PDF, there was no way to go back and correct it.

    Makes me grimace with great shame. lol

    • I can imagine it was embarrassing. However, I think, since your colleagues didn’t catch it either, that it just goes to show “we’re only human.” There was a time when I used the word “infamous” to describe something and it was only after the fact that I realized “famous” was what should have been in there. I never made that mistake again.
      Thanks for taking the time to share your experience here. ~Debra

  3. LOL and look at my typo “What’s wore,” I mean to say, “what’s worse,”

    Yes, I’m definitely human!

    • @Mary, I did see that and totally understood. Funny thing, I sent out my newsletter this morning with a link to this post and believe it or not, in the subject line I had written “The Cooy Cat” instead of the “The Copy Cat.” Alas, I noticed it after I hit “send” and quickly sent out a follow up email apologizing for the error. 🙂

  4. Amy Oldstein says:

    Hi Nicole,

    The phrase ‘Good on you’ is used regularly in Australian english and it does have the same meaning that the phrase ‘good for you’ has in American english. It’s just another acceptable way to say the same thing in a different culture and I believe it is moving across cultures. It sounds funny to American ears. Even though there are many english speakers and english speaking countries around the world, there are different meanings by the same words, phrases and slang that are used. Even though the language is called english across the board, I find it actually is a different language that is spoken in the UK, AU, NZ, South Africa the US and other “english” speaking countries. American english is not the only english standard.

  5. Amy Oldstein says:

    and I inadvertently left out a comma after writing South Africa!!

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