Post # 1
My coworker (a real estate agent) recently printed new business cards for herself. They look great except for one tiny detail…
Her office address is off by one digit. It’s supposed to be “631 (street name)” but she has it as “531 (street name)”…
I want so badly to say something! I would be nice about it, of course. But I also don’t want to embarrass her. Plus we haven’t been working together very long and she’s in her forties with tons of experience. I’m 25 and I’m new to the real estate business. I’m not actually a real estate agent though, I just do the marketing for the company. And I market this woman’s listings all the time so she and I are constantly working together every day.
But do I say something?? Or just keep quiet and hope someone that she’s closer to will notice the mistake and gently point it out to her?
ETA: I am good at finding little mistakes like that, that most people wouldn’t notice. And part of my hesitation stems from my cousin. She is terrible at spelling, grammar, etc. When we were growing up, I used to correct her. Then one day, she blew up at me and got so angry. So after that, I decided I wouldn’t point out any more mistakes like that to people. People don’t like to be corrected, apparently.
And also I know that she’s technically not my superior but I still feel like she is in a way. She’s more knowledgable than I am about real estate. And correcting someone who is sort of higher up on the ladder than I am makes me nervous. I don’t like confrontation or making waves lol.
Post # 3
I think you should definitely say something. I wouldn’t want to be handing out business cards with incorrect information.
Post # 4
@LadyBlackheart: I’d say something. That’s an important detail! What if someone wants to mail her something and refers to the address on the card?
I’d just say “hey, I just realized your card says 531. Isn’t your address 631?” Just be polite about it.
Post # 5
That’s not a grammar issue, that’s just plain wrong. Tell her.
Post # 6
That’s not a tiny detail like a missing apostrophe! That’s a big deal. It could be the difference between a client finding her and not finding her. Definitely mention it.
Post # 7
That doesn’t have anything to do with grammar, but it may cause issues down the line with people trying to contact her. I would definitely tell her!
Post # 8
A wrong number has nothing to do with grammar. You would be helping her and not offending her.
Post # 9
It’s wrong.. I’d tell her… Don’t want clients going to the wrong place!
Post # 10
I’d say something. You should just mention it casually if you’re afraid of offending it her. Like, “Oh, btw, I just noticed your new business cards say 531…”
Post # 11
@LadyBlackheart: yesss you have to tell her! maybe tbhe place printed it wrong.. Thats weird she didnt notice.
on my friends thank you cards the word then was spelled incorrect (should have been than) ..and her and hubby are both teachers.. I didnt say anything about that since they were all mailed i felt like no point
Post # 12
It’s a typo, not a grammar mistake. Of course you can and should say something! She will probably be grateful and impressed by your attention to detail. Just do it tactfully. I might ask if she meant the address to be 531 rather than 631. Maybe there is some kind of an explanation or it was the mistake of the printer.
P.S. And if it makes you feel any better, embarrass has two rs , LOL! You may want to edit that. Kidding ; )
Post # 13
@weddingmaven: LOL! Thank you for catching that, I can’t believe I did that lol. It is now fixed 🙂
And thank you to everyone else. I will definitely say something tomorrow when I see her.
Post # 14
I do definitely think you should tell her! That is key information, not grammar. But it also sounds like you have already come to that decision.
I would also like to recommend that you re-word the title of this post as utilizing the term ‘nazi’ is quite politically incorrect and potentially offensive and trivializing to those, or those who have relatives, who have experienced actual nazism. I can be the same way with spelling and grammar and prefer the term ‘grammar queen’, maybe give it a try?
Post # 15
@Firstthingsfirst: Good point. I have changed the title now.
Post # 16
As far as I’m concerned, any mistake on an item that represents someone in a professional setting should be brought to their attention. Politely and discretely, of course!