by Danielle N. Hall
Living these on-the-go lives, we are often rushing and ignoring a few minor details that could actually make a major difference. A common gaffe happens in written communications: especially text messages. This is true for email communications as well. Oh, and let’s not even talk about the wolf in sheep’s clothing: otherwise known as Auto-Correct.
Recently, a question was posed on Facebook: “What is the difference between a queen and a quean?”
Phonetically, there is no difference. However, there IS a significant difference in the meaning of the two: one’s an honor and the other’s a dishonor. I jokingly responded to the question in this manner: “My now and my then…lol”.
Let me further illustrate…
The difference in these two homophones is distinct and is a prime example of why we ought to slow down and pay attention to details. I’m not sure how a lady would feel if she received a message that said: “You’re my quean and I’m gonna make sure I treat you like one.” I know that THIS lady would have her left eyebrow raised so high it’d reach her hairline.
NOTES TO SELF & YOU:
1) Slow down. Spellcheck. Send.
2) Pause. Proofread/Peruse. Proceed.