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PSA: PIQUED Your Interest.

February 4, 2010 Leave a comment

Not peaked. Never peaked. I saw this just now on an agent’s website, too. An agent! I won’t link to her error because, well, my own blog has errors of grammar and usage. Judge not lest ye be judged, etc, but I’m judging on the inside.

I am particularly bitter about this bit of bad spelling. I was once fired for it.

Many moons ago, an employment agency found me a job at a graphic design company. My first task was to place a classified ad in the newspaper (yeah, yeah, it was awhile back). Blah blah, innovative cutting edge exciting free coffee, blah, B.A. in design, five years experience, portfolio review, blah blah, does this peak your interest?

*screeching tires*

It was my first day. The boss was this incredibly stylish woman. She had a wedge hairstyle shaped like the prow of a Russian icebreaker, and a leopard print cropped coat, and I was just a nerdy recent graduate in my first pantyhose-required job. So I made the edit, tapped her door, and asked if she’d mind taking a look at the final copy before I placed the ad. She looked at it, smiled with condescension, and said “You’ve spelled a word wrong, darling. It’s P-E-A-K-E-D.”

The lump in my throat was the only thing keeping me from throwing up. But I had to try. “Perhaps I could check a dictionary? But I’m pretty sure I’ve spelled it right. I thought it shouldn’t go out into a newspaper spelled wrong.”

The silence grew fangs.

“I’m a bit of a vocabulary nerd, all kinds of strange words in my brain?” I really did inflect that sentence upwards. I was terrified.

She slammed a book down. “You don’t know what you’re talking about. Post it as is.”

So I did. But at the end of the day, she called me to the phone. It was the agency that placed me, telling me that A) I was to pack my things and leave, and B) I was being released from the agency as well as the job on the basis of this single complaint about my “attitude.”

I wouldn’t have been so angry if I hadn’t worked for the agency throughout high school and college without any comments but glowing references and top ratings.

That’s the only time I’ve ever been fired for proper spelling. I don’t usually nurse grudges, but I’ve knitted this one a sweater and bought it a heating pad to keep it comfortable in its old age.

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