I've been apartment hunting for the past two weeks, scouring the mines of craigslist for a not-too-expensive diamond in the rough.
Most ads, I read. Other ads, I dismiss right away.
It took me about seventy ads to realize why I was dismissing the ones I dismissed: horrible writing.
That's right. Atrocious spelling ("Hear is the apartment summery"), weird grammar (someone stuck an apostrophe into "were," as in: "The apartments we're furnished and these chairs we're part of a set"), and no-no's like lolspeak.
Yes, I realize that with the advent of Facebook and Twitter, writing on the Internet has become much more casual. Yes, I realize that mistakes happen even with proofreading.
But for Pete's sake, these people want to rent out apartments, don't they? Would it kill them to sound somewhat professional and do a couple extra rounds of editing?
A series of blurry photos depicting a weed-ridden garden at night, followed by the sentence "PLS CALL STU AND I B4 U COME SEE OK, HEAT N HOT-H20 INCLUDID" does not bring the words "Home sweet home" to mind.
What do you think? What frighteningly bad ads have you come across? Would you make up your mind on a house or apartment based on the written quality of the ad?
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